Modeled on Bordeaux and Aged to Perfection
Modeled after the classified growths of Bordeaux, Contino is the first single-vineyard estate and original “First Growth” of Rioja. Since its inaugural 1974 vintage, it has consistently produced one of the finest of all Rioja Reservas. The renowned Master of Wine Tim Atkin rated the beautiful eight-year-old 2009 vintage 94 points, describing it as “rich but not over-ripe,” and “typical of the full-bodied, yet structured style that Contino produces.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gushed that “the nose is unmistakably Rioja,” and lauded its “powerful, ripe” palate and “great balance between modernity and tradition.”
History has proven that Jose Madrazo’s vision to model a Rioja estate on the greatest classified growth chateaux of Bordeaux was a grand success. The wines are polished and comparably modern, but with a sense of balance and restraint that allows the wine to express its amazing depth, elegance and great longevity. Today, winemaker Jesús Madrazo, Jose’s son, continues to make Rioja's finest wines.
The creation of this Reserva finds Jesús with one foot firmly outside the Rioja box, and one foot planted in the region’s finest traditions. It is made with an individualized grape harvesting system in which only grapes from the same vineyards that surrounded their 62-acre Rioja Alavesa estate are used. Jesús ages the wine in a mix of used French and American oak for two years. After bottling, the unfinished product spends another two years in Contino’s underground cellars.
It’s a process that nearly hits Gran Reserva requirements, and it results in a sublime Tempranillo-blend worthy of prime cellar space.