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Wine Tasting Note: Vinedos del Contino Graciano, 2001, Rioja, Spain
Great Northern Wine Company, £40.
This is 100% Graciano which is seldom seen as a single varietal due to small vineyard area and the requirement for a warm climate. The wine has seen 14 months ageing in a mix of French and Hungarian oak. Production is small at 3,000 bottles. Another wine sampled at the April Penin tasting.

Located in the Rioja Alavesa region, the Contino estate maintains 62 acres planted with Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano vines. In 1974 the estate produced Rioja's first single vineyard estate bottled wine. 1994 saw the initial vintage of a single varietal Graciano; there are now 62 hectares planted with this variety.

Wild fruit flavours abound, intense and concentrated with plenty of tannin to see this through several years. Delicious.
Scribblings Rating - 94/100

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