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Contino Rioja Gran Reserva Cvne 98js Premier 2007

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"A very powerful red with the structure and intensity of a great Rioja from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. Real gran reserva. Dried fruits such as plums, prunes and cherries. Hints of figs too. Layered and so structured. Full-bodied and chewy yet intense and persistent. A fabulous wine. So much potential here. Better in 2020...98" JS 7/15 "They started making small quantities of Gran Reserva in 1996, a wine halfway between tradition and modernity. The 2007 Gran Reserva is produced with over 60-year-old, destemmed Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats without epoxy coating. At every harvest, the inside of the vats are painted three times with tartaric acid before the grapes arrive, like in the good old days. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in new barrels and then transferred to used American and French barrel where it stayed for three years. The wine, only bottled in magnum (and bigger sizes), also rested in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released. It’s an elegant, clean wine, taking the best of the modern and traditional schools, and it’s both fresh and sweet, very drinkable, with good acidity and very elegant tannins. They try to always have 15% of fresh varieties like Graciano or Garnacha in the blend. This is developing aromas of sweet spices and has a clean, delineated acidity. It should age superbly. Drink 2015-2020...93" Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate 12/13

Region: Spain » Rioja

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  • 2007

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Color: Red
Varietal: Tempranillo
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Domaine de la Cune:
The domaine was originally planted in the 17th century by the Abbot of Breton acting on instructions fron Cardial Richelieu.The 17 hectare domaine has been in the hands of the Mary family for three generations and is now run by brothers Jean-Luc and Jean Albert.They make a selection of red,white,rose and sparkling wines spread over several Loire appellations.They are also a partner in 3Dwines... Read more
The domaine was originally planted in the 17th century by the Abbot of Breton acting on instructions fron Cardial Richelieu.The 17 hectare domaine has been in the hands of the Mary family for three generations and is now run by brothers Jean-Luc and Jean Albert.They make a selection of red,white,rose and sparkling wines spread over several Loire appellations.They are also a partner in 3Dwines [ www.3dwinesexperience.com ] an organisation where customers get to rent a row of vines in exchange for a case of wine each year. Read less

"A very powerful red with the structure and intensity of a great Rioja from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. Real gran reserva. Dried fruits such as plums, prunes and cherries. Hints of figs too. Layered and so structured. Full-bodied and chewy yet intense and persistent. A fabulous wine. So much potential here. Better in 2020...98" JS 7/15 "They started making small quantities of Gran Reserva in 1996, a wine halfway between tradition and modernity. The 2007 Gran Reserva is produced with over 60-year-old, destemmed Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats without epoxy coating. At every harvest, the inside of the vats are painted three times with tartaric acid before the grapes arrive, like in the good old days. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in new barrels and then transferred to used American and French barrel where it stayed for three years. The wine, only bottled in magnum (and bigger sizes), also rested in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released. It’s an elegant, clean wine, taking the best of the modern and traditional schools, and it’s both fresh and sweet, very drinkable, with good acidity and very elegant tannins. They try to always have 15% of fresh varieties like Graciano or Garnacha in the blend. This is developing aromas of sweet spices and has a clean, delineated acidity. It should age superbly. Drink 2015-2020...93" Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate 12/13

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