Contino Rioja Reserva 2012  - Last Bottle

Contino Rioja Reserva 2012




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Well, since we are too busy to do one of these amazing hiking trips in Spain, at least we can DRINK, inhale, savor, celebrate and pop another bottle of this rip-roaringly great bottle of Rioja RESERVA (94 POINTS!!) at the BEST pricing you (and we) shall ever, EVER see, oh yes!

This is one to kick back in your favorite chair (go ahead, put on a robe or your favorite super-soft old T-shirt or whatever you need to be all super-comfy) and spend some quality time with. Contino was founded in 1973 and is considered one of the great “modern” Rioja producers, with terrifically complex and layered wines, and polished and seductive textures, while having a sense of tradition, too. 

In the 2012 vintage, Contino made ONLY this wine, which means a lot of the really good (and way pricier) juice was blended in (thus the 94-point score??) and is fantastic to drink at its ORIGINAL price - but at $29?? C’MON! James Suckling said: “wet earth, spice and dark berry follow through to a full body, round and soft tannins and a long and decadent finish. Black olive and dark fruits.” DECADENT. Yes. BRING IT! 

Alas, not a lot - while it lasts…!

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94 points

“Aromas of wet earth, spice and dark berry follow through to a full body, round and soft tannins and a long and decadent finish. Black olive and dark fruits. This is the only wine made from Contino in this year. Drink now. ”

~James Suckling

Deep ruby red in colour, clear and bright. The nose is very expressive, with fruit expression and elegance standing out. Red fruits are well integrated with spicy notes adding to the finesse. On the palate, the wine is well balanced and very long.

Technical Details

  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Rioja
  • Appellation: Rioja Alavesa
  • Varietal: Tempranillo
  • Aging/Cooperage: Wine racked to previously used barrels (40% American oak and 60% French) where it remained for two years. It was then bottled and aged for a further year in our underground cellars until being released to the market.
  • Alcohol: 13.5%

About The Producer

Contino, the first Rioja château 1973, impelled by CVNE and the owners of the 62-hectare property located in the Rioja Alavesa. The history of the property dates from the 16th century, and is reflected in its name. The “contino” was the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family "de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards. According to the tradition, Saint Gregory, the patron saint of vineyards, passed through the lands of this same Rioja property, giving rise to the use of his figure in the logo of this winery, and to the use of his name for some of the plots now planted with vines. The wine produced on this property, fruity and elegant, is heir to the best Rioja tradition. It is made with an individualised grape harvesting system in which only grapes from the same vineyards that surround the old manor house are used. Their origin in the various plots is noted. The perfect combination of soils, Atlantic-Mediterranean climate and refined technique have made Contino, more than 30 years after the first vintage, a reference product both in and outside Spain.

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