Viñedos del Contino was created by CVNE in 1978, establishing the “château” concept in the Rioja region. The quality of the vineyards was so incredible that they were previously solely used for Viña Real Gran Reserva. The flagship wine (and grape) from Contino is this bottle of Graciano from 3.7 ha of vineyards planted in 1979 and 1989 in Rioja Alavesa.
The organic grapes are hand-harvested in two passes for ripeness. Fermentation with native yeasts took place in 100 hectoliters French oak vats at a controlled temperature for 8 days, after maceration of another 7 days, malolactic fermentation took place in new french oak barrels and aging remained in new French (90%) and new Hungarian (10%) oak. After 15 months, the wine was bottled for a year.
Great aromatic intensity in nose, mineral graphite notes and berries, blackcurrant, mentholated notes, eucalyptus, fennel and white pepper. Complex, wide and dense mouth, fruity and long finish, great acidity. This is a gorgeous bottle of wine to either cellar or decant and drink now. Ideally with a dry-aged porterhouse steak, mutton chop, or braised lamb shanks with rosemary.