Rioja Garnacha Contino 2019

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Producer: Contino
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub Region: Rioja Alavesa
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Additional Information: Vegan
ABV: 14%
Style: Red Wine
Classification: Rioja DOCa

Contino Rioja Garnacha is a lovely aromatic wine with beautiful fresh red fruit flavours, balsamic, herbs and sweet mocha notes. It is soft and silky on the palate with low tannins and ripe fruit. Garnacha has always been permitted in the production of Rioja, but it is still uncommon to see wines made exclusively from the grape coming from this area. This is a small production wine and one which offers a fantastic, modern take on this classic region.

Contino is a pioneering, 62ha estate that was established in 1973 and lays claim to be the first single estate Rioja. The wineries creation marked a significant step towards the idea of terroir in Rioja, a notion that was overlooked at the time. The Contino estate is based on the concept of a Bordeaux style Chateau with its own surrounding vineyards rather than a winery that bought grapes from several different regions and blended them together. The estate and its vineyard’s sit in a lovely spot within a bend of the river Ebro, Northwest of Logrona in the Rioja Alavasa sub region. The vines are protected from the north by the Cerro de la Mesa hill which creates a unique microclimate where the old bush vines, some of them over 60 years old, thrive. The wines are consistently excellent and developing each year under the direction of head winemaker Jorge Navascués who is putting renewed emphasis on Garnacha and Graciano.

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