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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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Finca Monica Finca Monica, Rioja Crianza 2017

This exceptional Rioja Crianza has been crafted by Gorka Etxebarria in Rioja Oriental from 30 year old vines. The wine is aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and the result is mesmerising. We... tasted the wine against the Reserva at nearly twice the price and this 2017 Crianza triumphed - it is a thing of beauty. Harmonious, with bottle age, oak influences and a classic fruit-forward Rioja style. Fill your boots, decant for 45 minutes to an hour and enjoy! Awards are listed below. • Gold - Gilbert & Gaillard 2020 • Gold – Asia Wine Trophy 2019 • Gold – Berliner Wein Trophy 2019 • Gold – The Drinks Business Rioja Masters 2018 • Silver (90 points) – IWC 2020
Format: 75cl£11.45 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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