Cune Rioja Reserva Contino 2011
Contino was the first Rioja château in 1973, created by CVNE and the owners of the 62-hectare property located in the Rioja Alavesa. The history of the property dates much farther back, from the 16th century. Today, the wine produced on this estate is a reflection of classic Rioja. Fine and elegant, aromatic and complex. It is made from handpicked grapes, 100% estate vineyards which surround the old manor house of the property. The perfect combination of soils, Atlantic-Mediterranean climate and refined techniques have made Contino, more than 30 years after the first vintage, a reference point Rioja wine.
After de-stemming, the grapes were fermented in 12,300 liters stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Total maceration time was between 15 to 20 days. The wine was placed into a mix of used French and American oak. Racking was done every 6 months. After two years in barrel, the wine was bottled and spent another two years in the winery's cellars. The 2011 is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo & Grenache: The wine is ruby red in color, the nose is intense with ripe plum, sweet and fresh aromas, mint and licorice. In mouth, the flavors are clean, gourmand and fruity.
Wine SpectatorSmoky and meaty notes frame plum and currant flavors in this generous red, which is balanced and lively, broad-textured but lightfooted, with gentle tannins and bright orange-peel acidity. Drink now through 2021. 200 cases imported.