Contino Gran Reserva Rioja 2014 - 750ml

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96pts Jeb Dunnuck

Gorgeous notes of red plums, currants, vanilla spice, and candied flowers all emerge from the 2014 Gran Reserva. With full-bodied richness, a rounded, layered texture, plenty of mid-palate depth, and present yet ripe tannins, this beauty does everything right and can be drunk with incredible pleasure any time over the coming 10-15 years. This cuvée is based on 70% Tempranillo and the rest Graciano, Mazuelo, and Garnacha, all fermented and aged in new French and American oak.

94pts James Suckling

A very balanced reserva with ultra fine tannins that are melted into the wine. Blueberry and light citrus undertones. Medium to full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows light tar and spice in the aftertaste.

93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The more classical 2014 Gran Reserva was produced with a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Garnacha from a super selection of the grapes used for the Reserva. It fermented destemmed in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured in 225-liter oak barrels, 70% of them French, the rest American, for 24 months. This shows abundant notes of spices, toast and smoke, dark chocolate and espresso coffee and ripe berries. It's still showing the impact of the élevage, but it will probably absorb it with time in bottle. The palate is powerful and reveals abundant tannins.

91pts Wine Spectator

This red has a generous, warm character. Cherry and red plum flavors show a sweet preserved fruit accent, while vanilla, spicy and candied orange peel notes add interest. Well-integrated tannins and juicy acidity support the plush texture. Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache and Viura.

90pts Wine & Spirits

This wine’s potent extract gains freshness with air. The fruit turns plummy while the dusty tannins take on the blackness of eggplant skin and the umami richness of mushrooms. Give it a year or two in the cellar to meld, then decant for short ribs.

 

Winemaker Notes

Attractive cherry color, the nose is opulent, intense and very complex with predominant aromas of black and red fruits well integrated with toasted hints from the oak.On the palate, the wine is powerful, polished and well balanced with silky tannins which caress the mouth and are followed by a long finish.

Blend: Tempranillo 70%, Graciano 15%, Grenache 12%, Viura 3%