Mission Codename Don Quixote
A world-class red rated 97 points.
A wine with “so much intensity and power”.
From perhaps the most loved Rioja producer there is.
And it can be yours for just…checks math
Not a mistake. Only a Rioja can deliver this value, and only Wine Spies can make it an extreme value.
And not just ANY Rioja - this is Reserva from Contino by the iconic CVNE. Again, LOWEST price in the country.
Easter Egg: You will find a surprise Rosé by CVNE here in the Store! A welcoming Spring and Summer wine for sure.
Where were we? Oh yes, did we say BIG scores like 97+95+94+? And rightfully so. CVNE, or Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España is an institution. Die-hard Rioja fans know CVNE wines need time to evolve into their best version. And this Reserva has just hit its peak. OH, SO IRRESISTIBLE. Yet you can put it away since the winemaking is as traditional as it gets, they age gracefully for many years.
Wine Spectator raves “CVNE has refused to go to extremes, instead taking a measured approach to the struggle between tradition and innovation.” having crowned them with the “#1 Wine of the Year” award in 2013 for the “ability to balance past and future in such delicious harmony.”
Just hitting its stride, this delicacy is a fiery crimson. Stunning aromatics include dark ripe cherries, juicy cranberries, pomegranate molasses, espresso, and charcoal. One sip and you KNOW it’s Rioja with that unmistakable texture best described as liquid satin. The finale builds up the earthy side with dried herbs and mushrooms competing over lively berries, all lingering symphonically. A kiss of exotic spices calls for dishes that are similarly ethnic, like a lamb tagine with couscous.
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97 Points – James Suckling
“This is so powerful and tightly wound with so much intensity and power. Full body. Crushed berries and hints of walnuts and cedar. Purity in fruit. Very subtle character, but great tension and richness. Drink after 2021.”
95 Points – Tim Atkin MW
“This was the last vintage made by the legendary Jesús Madrazo and he certainly left the bodega on a high note, as this is an excellent, very well-balanced Contino: floral, spicy and lightly Mediterranean with fine oak, fresh tobacco and red berry notes and a seamless blend between Tempranillo and 15% Graciano and Mazuelo.”
94+ Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The renewed classical red 2016 Reserva was produced as a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. It fermented in small stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in 225-liter French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels for 18 months. It has a very expressive nose, open, aromatic and showy, a little Rhône-ish. 2016 was a cooler year and they had a long harvest, and it seems like the fruit ripened thoroughly without excess. It’s a natural continuation of the 2015, when the wine already had more freshness and better integrated oak. It has a full body and some dusty tannins, finishing dry and tasty. It’s ready to drink. Drink 2020-2030.”
Dark cherry, cranberry, pomegranate molasses, espresso
Just hitting its stride, this delicacy is a fiery crimson fading to a touch garnet on the edges
Stunning dark ripe cherries, juicy cranberries, pomegranate molasses, espresso, charcoal
One sip and you KNOW it’s Rioja with that unmistakable texture best described as liquid satin
Dried herbs and mushrooms competing over lively berries, all lingering symphonically
A kiss of exotic spices calls for dishes that are similarly ethnic, like a lamb tagine with couscous
What the Winery Says
2016 'Contino' Reserva Rioja
- Maria Larrea
- 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 2.5% Garnacha, 2.5% Mazuelo
- Rioja DOCa, Spain
- Finca de San Rafael, Rioja Alavesa
- First vintage
- Total acidity
- 5.75 g/L
- 24 months in barrel + 12 months in bottle
- 80% French, 20% American oak