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Cune Contino Reserva 2005

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C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalize on the flourishing new trade in wine. C.V.N.E. is based in the traditional neighbourhood of the station, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days. Made with carefully selected grapes at their ripening peak, and which were handpicked in our own vineyard in the San Rafael estate. Grapes were destalked and then fermented in 16000-litre stainless steel vats at 28-30°C, after which maceration took place for 15 to 20 days. Malolactic fermentation followed so as to render the wine finer and with more reasonable acidity levels. The wine was then put in French and American oak barrels where they stayed for two years, after which bottle ageing started until the present time. This 'Contino Riserva' is intense and deep garnet colour. Very high aromatic intensity where black fruit stands out. To the palate, it is warm, full bodied, expressive and fragrant, with a long fruity and spicy aftertaste.

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C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalize on the flourishing new trade in wine. C.V.N.E. is based in the traditional neighbourhood of the station, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days. Made with carefully selected grapes at their ripening peak, and which were handpicked in our own vineyard in the San Rafael estate. Grapes were destalked and then fermented in 16000-litre stainless steel vats at 28-30°C, after which maceration took place for 15 to 20 days. Malolactic fermentation followed so as to render the wine finer and with more reasonable acidity levels. The wine was then put in French and American oak barrels where they stayed for two years, after which bottle ageing started until the present time. This 'Contino Riserva' is intense and deep garnet colour. Very high aromatic intensity where black fruit stands out. To the palate, it is warm, full bodied, expressive and fragrant, with a long fruity and spicy aftertaste.

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