Tempranillo blend * 75cl * 13% ABV * Rioja, Spain
Owned by Rioja's most famous wine family "CVNE", this is the next step-up from the Contino Reserva. The grapes undergo strict selection and are taken from only the best sites. Contino's normal output is 1500 barricas - however, only 17 barricas were produced of this limited release wine. This is quite the beast: a rich, open nose of blackberries, damsons, brambles and stewed strawberries, and then dusty, vanilla oak. The palate is broad and ripe, with real mouth-coating intensity, and layers of dark berries, caramelised plums, cocoa, chocolate and creamy vanilla caress. Exquisite, with many years of drinking pleasure ahead of it.