2011 Contino Graciano Rioja (Previously $80)

SKU #1252103 92 points Vinous

 Deep violet with a bright rim. Sexy, high-pitched scents of candied red fruits and floral pastilles, with suggestions of spicecake and minerals coming up slowly with aeration. Juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors turn sweeter in the mid-palate and pick up hints of smokiness and allspice on the back half. At once concentrated yet lithe, this Graciano wine finishes with excellent energy and persistence; dusty tannins contribute shape and grip. (JR)  (11/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Lively and firm, this red delivers flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and licorice that are energetic and focused, with toasty notes, firm tannins and juicy acidity. Brings you back for another sip. Drink now through 2021. (TM)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

This is my favorite Contino wine. It is the benchmark Graciano from Rioja, and a wine that has inspired so many others to try their hand at making a wine from this finicky grape. Typically the vivid, high-toned blue and purple fruits which Graciano brings to the finished wine play an important role in the aromatic and flavor profile of Contino's wines. To savor this Graciano on its own, though, is a wine drinking experience not to be missed, particularly for Rioja aficionados. A classic, Contino Graciano typically drinks well young and benefits nicely from bottle age. In 1973, Contino was founded and became the 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. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
Very dark inky color. Loads of blackberry concentrate on the nose as well as cherries. It delivers a serious, balanced smoky palate with exotic spices. The high acidity frames the fruit, making it an absolutely pleasure to drink this wine.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
Contino’s 2011 manages to be both lush and high-toned, and continually piques your interest while drinking. Inky black and deep cherry fruit grow denser through the palate but still show some astringency with a grippy finish. This is an elegant, intensely satisfying Graciano from the house that does it best. Should age well but is a pleasure to try now.

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- 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