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Contino Reserva 2018

Contino Reserva

2018

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£29.60

/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

The Reserva of this winery's classic line.

Matured for 24 months in French and American oak barrels and subsequently for a further 24 months in bottle.

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Storage conditions for the historic wines now available from Vinissimus

Vinissimus would like to inform its customers that bottles of the historic vintages of Contino Reserva are not being stored in our fine wine cellar but in the historic dormitory of Viñedos del Contino, in Laserna (La Rioja), the best guarantee that the wine has always been kept in optimum conditions.

Bottles will only leave the winery in Laserna to be sent to customers who have requested them in their Vinissimus orders, in special packaging deemed fit by the actual winery, so that the best possible care is taken of them during transit.


Information about the characteristics of the bottles and returns guarantee

The bottles of these historic vintages have been reposing in the winery's dormitories for a number of years, at a constant temperature and high level of humidity. Their origin is guaranteed. However, customers who acquire them must be made aware that these are very special wines and bottles, with no right to return them in general. Returns will only be accepted in the case of bottles verified as corked and the defect will need confirmation from the winery itself. In such an eventuality, the customer should send back the bottle with its contents, cork and original packaging, to the address as notified by Vinissimus. A new bottle will be sent out, only if the defect is confirmed by the winery.


Recommendations for enjoying a historic wine

After you have received the wine, you should allow it to settle for at least a week, preferably in a quiet, dark, cool place. The storage temperature and humidity should be constant. Humidity between 70-80% and temperature between 18-20º C.

If you decide to decant the wine, we recommend doing this carefully and allowing the wine to settle in the decanter for at least an hour before serving. Take great care when pouring, trying not to move the decanter unduly.

If you decide not to decant, we also recommend letting the bottle settle by keeping it vertical for an hour, so that any possible sediment remains at the bottom. Care should be taken when opening the bottle, since a cork may lose its elasticity over the years. Pour the wine with care, ensuring minimal movement of the bottle.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Ruby red / Quite opaque / Clean / Bright
Bouquet
Complex / Expressive / Incense / Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Raspberry / Strawberries / Spicy notes
Mouth
Powerful / Flavoursome / Oily / Rounded / Toasty notes / Spicy notes / Balsamic notes

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meats / Marinated meats / Grills / Meat casseroles / Roasts / Vegetable casseroles / Cured cheeses

Ratings and awards

201792 PN91 DC
201694+ PK92 PN93 DC
201594 PK17 JR93 PN96 SK
201492 PK93 PN
201191 PN
201093 PK17 JR92 PN91 DC
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The renewed classical red 2016 Reserva was produced as a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. It fermented in small stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in 225-liter French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels for 18 months. It has a very expressive nose, open, aromatic and showy, a little Rhône-ish. 2016 was a cooler year and they had a long harvest, and it seems like the fruit ripened thoroughly without excess. It's a natural continuation of the 2015, when the wine already had more freshness and better integrated oak. It has a full body and some dusty tannins, finishing dry and tasty. It's ready to drink. There were 281,389 bottles and 3,000 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 94+ PARKER

Mid-deep ruby. Ripe, red-cherry fruit, with beautifully layered clove and cedar oak spice notes. Lovely integration of oak and fruit. Well crafted, though there’s a good backbone of fine tannins that will carry it through for a decade from now.

— Tim Jackson (05/05/2020)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2015 - 17 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

5.0/5
9 reviews
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The winery

Viñedos del Contino

Viñedos del Contino

Viñedos del Contino, along with Cvne (Haro) (Haro) and Viña Real, belongs to the winery group Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. The three are located in the Rioja Alta, in Northern Spain. Its name comes from the person who was gifted with the estate lands, the "Contino" Pedro de Samaniego, one of the hundred soldiers forming the Royal Guard, in the time of the Catholic Kings, who “continually” kept watch over the monarchs...

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