Contino Vina del Olivo Rioja Bottle 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Berry Bros & Rudd review: This top Contino wine is invariably one of the top wines in all of Spain and<br/>the 2005 is no exception. Located near Logrono in La Rioja Alavesa, the<br/>vineyard is etched with serpentine assurance around a curve in the River Ebro.<br/>At its heart lies the eponymous hundred year-old olive tree, its shade pretty<br/>much the ideal setting for an al fresco luncheon or impromptu tasting. The 2005<br/>is made up of 90 % Tempranillo with 9 % Graciano and 1% Mazuelo (whether 1% can<br/>make a significant difference it is difficult to surmise) and has been aged for<br/>36 months in oak from a variety of different origins. It is rich and toasty,<br/>with a fine balance between dark berried fruit, flowers, minerals and spice;<br/>worth approaching from 2010 and will keep for up to a decade thereafter. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

Region: Spain » Rioja

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Color: Red
Varietal: tempranillo
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Berry Bros & Rudd review: This top Contino wine is invariably one of the top wines in all of Spain and<br/>the 2005 is no exception. Located near Logrono in La Rioja Alavesa, the<br/>vineyard is etched with serpentine assurance around a curve in the River Ebro.<br/>At its heart lies the eponymous hundred year-old olive tree, its shade pretty<br/>much the ideal setting for an al fresco luncheon or impromptu tasting. The 2005<br/>is made up of 90 % Tempranillo with 9 % Graciano and 1% Mazuelo (whether 1% can<br/>make a significant difference it is difficult to surmise) and has been aged for<br/>36 months in oak from a variety of different origins. It is rich and toasty,<br/>with a fine balance between dark berried fruit, flowers, minerals and spice;<br/>worth approaching from 2010 and will keep for up to a decade thereafter. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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