75cl * Rioja, Spain
Contino is slightly unusual in Rioja, being a single estate and making wines bottled on-site (in a French Chateau style). The producer has taken great efforts to analyse the different vineyard plots available to them and understand their terroir. Graciano is often blended, but here it is made into a varietal wine vivid with juicy black fruit, cola berry, pepper, cocoa and plenty of sweet vanilla oak. Delightfully savoury and spicy.
Drinking window: to 2028
Average critic score: N/A
This bottle is part of a wine cellar purchased from a highly respected Master of Wine (MW) with whom I have worked for many years and who is recognised as one of the world’s Italian wine experts. It has been stored in the MW’s own cellar or climate-controlled storage and I have every belief that it is in tip-top condition. However, as with all purchases of this nature there has to be an element of caveat emptor to proceedings – as such, we will not be able to offer refunds or returns on this item.