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CVNE, Contino, Rioja Garnacha 2018 - APRIL STOCK (1x75cl)
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Grape Variety: Garnacha
Bottle Size: 75cl
Product Code: PSPRI0123B18S
See link below for early reviews.
Contino, Garnacha Rioja 2018
Contino was established in 1973 and was the first single estate or chateau in Rioja, where all the fruit for the wines comes from the 63 hectare estate surrounding the winery in Rioja Alavesa, north of the river Ebro. Contino has established a cult like following producing wines with a sense of place, elegance and longevity.
The history of the property dates from the 16th century, and is reflected in its name. The “Contino” was the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family "de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards.
Fast forward to recent history, in August 2017 Jorge Navascués was appointed as the head winemaker of the estate taking over the reins from Jesus Madrazo. Jorge brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years of winemaking on various projects around Spain. 2018 is the first vintage that Jorge and his team have been in charge for the full growing season and the resulting wines are fabulous, continuing the great level of quality that the estate is famous for, with his own imprint in the wines focussing on enhancing the elegance of the wines.
For producer's own fiche technique/technical and tasting note, please click on link below.
Contino, Garnacha Rioja 2018 - fiche technique
This wine shows intense aromas of red mature fruits such as cherry and redcurrant, menthol, minerality and balsamic notes. On the palate is a dense texture of sweet and unctuous soft tannins, red fruit and integrated oak.
Exel (Mark) tasting note from a trade virtual tasting with CVNE on 09.03.21: Highly moreish to the point of immediate addiction. A great balance between the acidity and sumptuousness of good Garnacha (rare). A racy acidity stops if from falling into the flabbiness trap of so much French/Spanish Grenache/Garnacha. But this is no crunchy/green mouthful or a case of freshness at the expense of plushness. It sets up a difficult choice of whether to drink it now (it totally will) or later (easily out to 10 years); personally, I shall buy a case and drink one each year until it's gone.