2009 Contino Reserva Rioja

SKU #1252104 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The bulk of the production of the Contino estate goes to the 2009 Contino Reserva, a red produced with grapes harvested from their estate vineyards, a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% made up of Mazuelo and Garnacha fermented in stainless steel and matured in used barrels (60% French and 40% American) for two years. The nose is unmistakably Rioja; balsamic and ripe with lush Tempranillo fruit, plenty of spices and hints of leather. The palate shows a powerful, ripe and persistent wine with fine-grained tannins balanced by enough acidity and freshness. It has great balance between modernity and tradition, showing true to its origins. 210,517 bottles and 1,000 magnums produced. CVNE has finally bought the majority of shares of Contino and they now control 95% of the company. I feel the white and the Garnacha are still lagging behind, especially at the price asked. Very good reds, though. (LG)  (4/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Saturated ruby. Dark berry preserve and cherry-vanilla scents pick up a suave potpourri element with air. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated bitter cherry and blackberry liqueur flavors and an energizing jolt of white pepper. Supple tannins add shape to the powerful, energetic finish. For a plush, round wine from a hot vintage, this displays impressive vivacity. (JR)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

94 points Tim Atkins: "Rich but not over-ripe, this is typical of the full-bodied, yet structured style that Contino produces. Deeply coloured and aromatic, it unfurls flavours of tobacco, liquorice, plum and blackberry, supported by subtle oak and the acidity that’s a feature of the site. 2015-28." 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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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
Roasted red and black fruit, supple loamy texture, succulent palate weight. Contino is one of those rare examples of a single estate Rioja. Whether that's a good thing or not can hardly be in question when you taste such a polished and delicious wine. Gorgeous complexity, powerful but balanced structure, this will have a long life ahead of it.

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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