Wine Tasting Note: Bodegas Contino Viña del Olivo Reserva, 2000, Rioja, Spain.
A lovely nose with a porty, spirity edged overlaying an elegant savoury-tomato aroma. A traditional Riojan spicy palate with suer balance. Herby, leathery complexity, plenty of tannin and a long very moreish finish. Alcohol 13.5%. A blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano aged in a mix of French, Hungarian and American oak. In 1974, CVNE established Contino, a separate estate with its own vineyards in Laserna to produce one of the first single vineyard, chateau bottled wines in Rioja. Contino makes only one wine, a reserva in good vintages and a crianza in lesser ones.
Scribblings Rating – 92/100
Incidently the crest at the top of the label shows Saint Gregory, founder of the Benedictine monastic order and the patron saint of vine growers.
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