Viñedos del Contino (CVNE)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

9.212 ratings
9.14 pro ratings
La Rioja Alavesa, La Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo Blend
Duck, Pasta, Beans & Peas, Goose, Chili & Hot Spicy, Exotic Spices, Game, Baking Spices, Herbs, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Venison, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Onion, Chicken, Veal, Paella
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9.2

Shimmering ruby-red. Smoke-tinged aromas of candied cherry and blackberry, along with vanilla and espresso nuances. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that spread out steadily with air. Well-knit tannins frame the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral- and spice-driven persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)

Shimmering ruby-red. Smoke-tinged aromas of candied cherry and blackberry, along with vanilla and espresso nuances. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that spread out steadily with air. Well-knit tannins frame the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral- and spice-driven persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)

Apr 28th, 2021
Ryan Wofford

Give it some air... opened up on day two

Give it some air... opened up on day two

Apr 1st, 2019
Chris Grimm

Delicious infanticide. Everything about this wine was great. Wonderful balance. Could go so much longer, but oh so delicious with a little time in the decanter. Kicking off the holiday season!

Delicious infanticide. Everything about this wine was great. Wonderful balance. Could go so much longer, but oh so delicious with a little time in the decanter. Kicking off the holiday season!

Dec 23rd, 2020
Ryan Guy

Opened up after a few hour decant, but still needed a marbled steak for balance. Deep dark blackberry pie, tobacco, evergreen needles, and uplifted cranberry. Well balanced with great purity of fruit and persistent length. American oak flavors surround both red and black forest berries. Still very youthful... definitely decant or cellar.

Opened up after a few hour decant, but still needed a marbled steak for balance. Deep dark blackberry pie, tobacco, evergreen needles, and uplifted cranberry. Well balanced with great purity of fruit and persistent length. American oak flavors surround both red and black forest berries. Still very youthful... definitely decant or cellar.

Oct 19th, 2020
Merce

Celebrant el cumple del Josep

Celebrant el cumple del Josep

Mar 30th, 2020
Evan Bienstock

Posting from dinner a few weeks ago. This was terrific. Not overly tannic or fruit forward; the balance was just right. No decant, just evolution in the glass. This is an elegant Rioja.

Posting from dinner a few weeks ago. This was terrific. Not overly tannic or fruit forward; the balance was just right. No decant, just evolution in the glass. This is an elegant Rioja.

Feb 26th, 2020
Joe Gillies

Opened 30 min prior to drinking (not decanted). Black fruits, tobacco, leather, and cinnamon. Big hit with my wife too.

Opened 30 min prior to drinking (not decanted). Black fruits, tobacco, leather, and cinnamon. Big hit with my wife too.

Jul 20th, 2019
Ryan Mullins

Ryan had this a year ago

Ryan had this a year ago

Nov 13th, 2019
Ryan Wofford

Ryan had this 2 years ago

Ryan had this 2 years ago

Jun 5th, 2019
Victor Torra

Victor had this 7 months ago

Victor had this 7 months ago

Oct 9th, 2020