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Contino Vina del Olivo 2017

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Fragrant nose with high aromatic intensity of red and black fruits that combine perfectly with floral notes and subtle mineral aromas. The mouth is voluminous, succulent and fresh with vibrant acidity. A wine with great strength and elegance, in which its soft and structured tannins stand out.

Blend: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

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JS 95
James Suckling
This is a very strong and muscular red with very toned tannins that frame the blue fruit and wet earth. Subtle and cool. Structured and chewy. Shows power.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Super young and just bottled, the 2017 Viña del Olivo is the flagship single-vineyard bottling from a plot planted in 1980 on a combination of limestone and clay, which is rare on the property where the majority of soils are alluvial; the estate is in a big meander of the Ebro River. This was the first vineyard they harvested on the 6th of September, and the blend is Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuela. It had a soft, long fermentation in small oak vats, and the élevage was 16 months in barrique and a further three months in oak vats. It follows the style of the 2016 and is leaner and a little more austere, with an electric palate and good acidity. There is no room for sweetness here, and the wine is savory. It's very young and shows very good finesse.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Cool herbal notes atop berry fruit aromas lend a spicy, mildly green essence to the nose. The palate on this single-vineyard Rioja is a bit wiry and acidic, but that also means that this feels fresh and juicy. Tangy plum, currant, tomato and berry flavors are backed by spicy oak and licorice notes, while this stays fresh on an acidity-driven finish that guarantees a long life. Drink through 2034.
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Contino, the first Rioja château 1973, impelled by CVNE and the owners of the 62-hectare property located in the Rioja Alavesa. 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. According to the tradition, Saint Gregory, the patron saint of vineyards, passed through the lands of this same Rioja property, giving rise to the use of his figure in the logo of this winery, and to the use of his name for some of the plots now planted with vines. The wine produced on this property, fruity and elegant, is heir to the best Rioja tradition. It is made with an individualised grape harvesting system in which only grapes from the same vineyards that surround the old manor house are used. Their origin in the various plots is noted. The perfect combination of soils, Atlantic-Mediterranean climate and refined technique have made Contino, more than 30 years after the first vintage, a reference product both in and outside Spain. The 62 hectares of Laserna vineyards in Laguardia are protected by the hill called the Cerro de la Mesa, which gives this land a characteristic orientation and mesoclimate. The hand-cut grapes are transported along a short road to the outbuildings so as to avoid damaging their qualities.

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Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.

Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.

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