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CVNE Contino Reserva Rioja 2018

The Contino Reserva 2018, crafted by the esteemed CVNE in the heart of Rioja, stands as a testament to the region's capacity for producing wines with exceptional character and depth. This vintage... blends 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% shared between Garnacha and Mazuelo, showcasing a masterful amalgamation of Rioja's signature grapes. Aged meticulously for two years in oak barrels, with 20% American oak contributing sweet, vanilla hints and 80% French oak offering structure and spice, the wine achieves a harmonious complexity. Following its barrel aging, it further matured in the bottle within the cool, dark cellars of the winery, allowing its flavors to meld and mellow until its release. The tasting experience of the Contino Reserva 2018 unfolds with an intense nose that captivates with notes of strawberry and blueberry at the forefront, intertwined with the warmth of vanilla. This fruitiness is elegantly layered with touches of liquorice and balsamic, culminating in a finish that boasts an elegant touch of oak. The palate is invigorated by a great freshness that balances the wine's depth, ensuring that each sip is as inviting as the last. This Reserva pairs splendidly with a wide range of dishes. Its versatility shines when accompanied by Grilled and Roasted Red Meats, where the wine's robustness complements the savory flavors of the meat. For Pizza and Pasta lovers, its fruity and balsamic notes enhance the richness of the tomato-based sauces and ingredients. The wine also stands up beautifully to the heartiness of Casseroles and Stews, adding a layer of complexity and elegance to these comfort dishes. It is a great match for creamy cheese or mature strong cheese, highlighting its adaptable pairing ability. A top flight Rioja that is as good as it gets for less than £20 a bottle is great value and has a place reserved for it in my cellar.
Format: 75cl£19.95 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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£19.95Immediate

CVNE, Gran Reserva Imperial, Rioja 2016

Polished and structured with firm, very fine tannins. Lots going on here, with layers of black fruit, dried spices, graphite, coconut and cracked pepper. Full-bodied and so intense. Keeps going.... Long. The tannins are so fine and so numerous. One of the greatest modern gran reservas. 85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo. Try in 2025. 98 Points James Suckling The classical 2016 Imperial Gran Reserva was produced with a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from grapes that were picked between October 10 and 25 with good ripeness, delivering a wine with 14.5% alcohol after fermenting in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel and three in bottle. I was quite surprised, because the wine was quite closed and needed energetic swirling and time in the glass to reveal its true colors. It has more stuffing and finesse than the reserva. 2016 was a very good vintage, with freshness and balance to develop nicely in bottle. The tannins are very fine, and the wine is tasty and long. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019. 95 Points Luis Gutiérrez
Pack Size: 1x300cl£222.65 (In Bond)£280.00 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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In Bond£222.65£280.00Future Arrival
In Bond wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. If In Bond wines are purchased for delivery to a UK address, UK Duty and VAT are required to be paid before the delivery can take place. If In Bond wines are purchased for storage in a bonded warehouse or for export, no UK Duty or VAT will be payable.

CVNE, Gran Reserva Imperial, Rioja 2016

Polished and structured with firm, very fine tannins. Lots going on here, with layers of black fruit, dried spices, graphite, coconut and cracked pepper. Full-bodied and so intense. Keeps going.... Long. The tannins are so fine and so numerous. One of the greatest modern gran reservas. 85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo. Try in 2025. 98 Points James Suckling The classical 2016 Imperial Gran Reserva was produced with a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from grapes that were picked between October 10 and 25 with good ripeness, delivering a wine with 14.5% alcohol after fermenting in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel and three in bottle. I was quite surprised, because the wine was quite closed and needed energetic swirling and time in the glass to reveal its true colors. It has more stuffing and finesse than the reserva. 2016 was a very good vintage, with freshness and balance to develop nicely in bottle. The tannins are very fine, and the wine is tasty and long. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019. 95 Points Luis Gutiérrez
Pack Size: 1x300cl£222.65 (In Bond)£280.00 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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In Bond£222.65£280.00Immediate
In Bond wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. If In Bond wines are purchased for delivery to a UK address, UK Duty and VAT are required to be paid before the delivery can take place. If In Bond wines are purchased for storage in a bonded warehouse or for export, no UK Duty or VAT will be payable.

CVNE, Gran Reserva Vina Real, Rioja 2015

Pack Size: 1x300cl£119.32 (In Bond)£156.00 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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In Bond£119.32£156.00Immediate
In Bond wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. If In Bond wines are purchased for delivery to a UK address, UK Duty and VAT are required to be paid before the delivery can take place. If In Bond wines are purchased for storage in a bonded warehouse or for export, no UK Duty or VAT will be payable.