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Contino 2005 Graciano Rioja ($145) 90 Jesús Madrazo loves Graciano and this

single varietal

bottling

shows

it.

It

displays

a

brilliant

opaque

ruby

core

with with

a purple rim and provides toast and floral notes. On

an intense the attack,

blackberry nose the wine reveals

rich that

and extracted blackberry and are clean but lack complexity.

boysenberry fruit Nonetheless, the

flavors wine is

nicely balanced fruity finish.

and

offers

round

tannins

and

a

persistently

Contino 2001 Reserva Rioja ($47) 93 The 2001 Reserve is a gorgeous wine from a top vintage. It is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Garnacha/Mazuelo. It spent 3 years in 60% 2-year French oak and 40% American and 2 years in bottle. Medium ruby garnet in color, it offers aromas of leather and dried red fruit followed by a soft attack of dried red cherry fruit with a touch of cinnamon and spice. Concentrated with a seamless, silky texture, soft round tannins. and a long finish.

Contino 2005 Viña del Olivo Rioja ($147) 94 The Viña del Olivo is Contino’s top cuvée, consisting of 90% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano and 1% Mazuelo. It has an opaque, ruby purple color and offers lovely aromas of black fruit, sweet oak, coffee, mocha and coconut. Aged in 100% new French and American oak it boasts a rich and concentrated palate of blackberry fruit with notes of wood spice and a lush mouth feel, seamless and beautifully balanced. The tannins are round and ripe and the finish in long

Contino 2004 Reserva Rioja ($47) 90 This Contino Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 5% Garnacha and Mazuelo. It offers lovely black cherry and red fruit aromas and a soft attack of spicy

black cherry fruit.

Aged for 3 years in oak and 1 year in

the bottle, with round

it is soft, round and lust tasting. tannins and a persistent finish.

Fruit rich Well done.

More reviews of Bodegas Contino wines the i-WineReview Tasting Notes Archive

may be found in

Cueto 2005 Envite Crianza Rioja ($18) 90 This is a well-made blend of 60% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache, and 15% Mazuelo produced by Bodegas San Prudencio. The grapes are sourced from high altitude 50 year old vines and aged for 14 months in 60% French and 40% American

oak.

The

wine

displays

a

medium

dark

ruby

color

with

complex aromas of

cigar box, roasted meat and earth, with

a violet note. and plum fruit

It is soft on the attack with pretty blueberry accompanied by more smoky, meaty notes

and a persistent finish. Excellent value! Wines of Spain New York, NY

Importer: Quality

Cueto 2007 Tinto Rioja ($10) 87

Here is a straightforward, medium-ruby colored wine made from 90% Tempranillo, 5% Grenache, and 5% Mazuelo. It shows a fruit forward nose of very ripe, red berry fruit. And a palate best described as round and soft with very fresh, pretty red berry fruit. Don’t cellar this easy drinking wine. Drink it up! Importer: Quality Wines of Spain New York, NY CVNE (The Companía Vinicola del Norte de España) referred

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to by its brand name, Cune was founded in the early 1880s. A century later it was one of the most modern wineries in Rioja and winemaking was in the hands of the talented José Madrazo who also made the wines at Contino. Today the winery produces very good classical style wines in wineries located in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa; its CUNE Imperial

and Viña Real bottlings enthusiasts. Importer: New York

are especially appreciated by wine Pasternak Wine Imports Harrison,

Cune 2007 Monopole Blanco Rioja ($18) 87 One of the best known Viura on the market. Pale straw. Crisp, dry and fresh-tasting with a lightly fruited nose and lean palate. Nicely tuned acidity. The Monopole improves with time in the bottle, acquiring a more interesting flavor profile of lychee and a rounder mouth feel.

Cune 2005 Crianza Rioja ($18) 89 This Crianza of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha is medium ruby in color and displays aromas of black cherry fruit with a touch of leather and roasted meat. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in American oak, it offers a soft attack of lush red and black fruit that is nicely integrated with oak, round tannins and a long finish. Exhibits modern winemaking techniques, especially managing oxygenation.

Cune 2001 Viña Real Reserva Rioja ($37) 90 Dark ruby garnet, this 2001 Reserva form Rioja Alavesa offers aromas of black fruit, charred oak and leather scents. On the palate, it boasts a lush a silky mouth feel of nicely concentrated dried cherry fruit and cola notes. Layers of flavors, round ripe tannins and a long lasting finish.

Cune 2001 Imperial Reserva Rioja ($52) 92 One of this winery’s premier wines, the Imperial Reserva shows a lovely deep garnet color with a touch of pink on the rim. It boasts a rich and complex nose of earth and leather, dried plum, and black cherry. It reveals a ripe attack of red and black fruit with a touch of cedar and herbs. It is a beautifully balanced wine, seamless in texture and a fine example of classical Rioja at its best. Importer: Pasternak Wine Imports Harrison, New York

Bodegas D. S. Londoño 2005 Cortijo II Crianza Rioja ($14) 88 Cortijo ll is sourced from diverse vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is produced by the talented winemaker, David Sampedro who also makes the wines of Exopto. This is a well-made easy drinking wine, medium-deep ruby in color with very ripe blueberry and raspberry aromas and flavors, a touch of cedar, and ripe tannins on the finish. Importer: Ole Imports Manhasset, NY

H Bodegas Diez-Caballero is a family owned winery in Rioja Alavesa which sources fruit from its own 27 hectare vineyard and produces wines of good quality in good vintages that are generally fruit forward in character. Importer: The ENYE Imports Group Chicago, IL

Diez-Caballero 2004 Crianza Rioja ($16) 87 A new wave style Crianza fresh, clean and pleasantly tart,

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