2008 Contino Reserva Rioja

SKU #1214035 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% between Mazuelo and Garnacha, inox fermented and aged in used oak barrels of which 40% were made of American wood and the rest were French. 2008 was a challenging vintage and they didn’t produce many of the special wines that year, so the best fruit went towards the Reserva. It has a very lactic, sweet nose, with notes of orange rind and cherries. As Contino is a warm vineyard, the cold years make for quite balanced wines, and this 2008 has good acidity, not terribly complex, but clean with a slight herbaceous touch. Fine-grained tannins and acidity will make it age gracefully. 254,000 bottles produced. Drink 2015-2023. (LG)  (12/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Aromas of candied cherry, licorice, rose oil and a hint of vanilla. A smoky quality comes up with air and carries onto the palate, which offers lively black raspberry and cherry flavors that pick up a refreshingly bitter edge with air. Closes long and gently tannic, with repeating smokiness and very good clarity, leaving notes of mocha and bitter chocolate behind. (JR)  (9/2014)

Wine Spectator

 This crisp red offers black cherry, leafy, cola and smoky flavors over light, juicy and lively tannins. Polished and fruity, with just enough structure for grip. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2014)

K&L Notes

In 1973, Contino was founded and became the first of first of the new wave of single vineyard Rioja estates. Today, winemaker Jesús Madrazo makes some of Rioja's finest wines, polished and comparably modern, but with a sense of balance and restraint that gives them amazing elegance and great longevity. Simply put, this is modern Rioja executed perfectly. Contino's Rioja also boasts a healthy 10% dollop of older vine Graciano, which enhances the wine's color, freshness and ageability. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2015 | Send Email
This is a lovely, full-bodied Rioja. There are very ripe aromas of dark fruit, vanilla, and slightly smoky notes on the nose. However, the palate still has fresh acidity, good structure, and a long finish. This one is maturing quite nicely. Drink now, or lay it down for a few years.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2015 | Send Email
Beautiful lush Rioja. From the very first sniff this wine is full of promise, dark lush fruits and a little chocolate on the nose. When I tasted it I was entranced by the play of full ripeness and acid as well as a lovely mouth feel. A good finish with acid and a touch of tannin indicates that this wine will get better and better in a few years. Delicious now, but probably better in five years.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 14