Vinedos del Contino Gran Reserva Premier 2005

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95 Points, The Wine Advocate: The 2005 Gran Reserva is produced with the grapes of destemmed selected bunches from their own vineyards, over 60-year-old Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats, whose malolactic fermentation was carried out in new barrels and then transferred to used American and French barrels where it stayed for three years. The wine rested in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released. Only 2,700 magnums (and a bunch of bigger bottles) were produced. 2005 was a powerful vintage, but not as warm as the 2004. It is now open and expressive, very spicy, with developed notes of blond tobacco, leather and very fresh fruit (more red than black). It has juicy fruit and a very round texture, a serious wine that should develop slowly. The next vintage of this wine will be 2009, and the blend will start including even a small quantity of white. If you work out the price for a single bottle this magnum represents very good value. 12/13

Region: Spain » Rioja

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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

95 Points, The Wine Advocate: The 2005 Gran Reserva is produced with the grapes of destemmed selected bunches from their own vineyards, over 60-year-old Tempranillo grapes fermented in cement vats, whose malolactic fermentation was carried out in new barrels and then transferred to used American and French barrels where it stayed for three years. The wine rested in bottle for a minimum of three years before being released. Only 2,700 magnums (and a bunch of bigger bottles) were produced. 2005 was a powerful vintage, but not as warm as the 2004. It is now open and expressive, very spicy, with developed notes of blond tobacco, leather and very fresh fruit (more red than black). It has juicy fruit and a very round texture, a serious wine that should develop slowly. The next vintage of this wine will be 2009, and the blend will start including even a small quantity of white. If you work out the price for a single bottle this magnum represents very good value. 12/13

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