CVNE Contino Graciano 2017

Type: Red
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha
Rating: 95 Robert Parker Points

Climate: Continental climate with Mediterranean influence and extreme temperatures
Terroir: The vines grow on 62 hectares of sandy-calcareous and clayey-calcareous soils with boulders and are influenced by an Atlantic-Mediterranean climate
Winemaking: Alcoholic fermentation took place in 100-hectolitre French oak vats at a controlled temperature of 28 to 30 degrees for 8 days. After maceration of another 7 days, malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels and ageing remained in 100% new French (90%) and Hungarian (10%) oak barrels. After 15 months the wine was bottled and cellared for a year before being released

Color: Intense and bright cherry red
Nose: Explosive in the nose with fruity and spicy aromas perfectly balanced with the toasts of the wooden tanks
Palate: Inside the mouth, the entrance is refreshing with a strong body, high acidity and long and velvety tannins

About the Winery:
CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) is one of the most renowned and historic bodegas in all of Spain. Founded in 1879 by the Real de Asúa brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo, the company has been an integral part of the Rioja region’s ascendance in the world of fine wine. With their combination of traditional roots and innovative vision, CVNE has been one of Rioja’s most reliable sources of high-quality wine. The company is still run by descendants of the Real de Asúa brothers, now represented by the fifth generation with current CEO Victor Urrutia Ybarra.

Since its founding, CVNE’s goal has been to increase the scope of production while maintaining the level of quality on which its reputation was built. Forty years after the original bodega was created, CVNE expanded into the Alavesa region. Today, CVNE is comprised of three separate bodegas: Cune, Viña Real, and Contino. Each of the three estates produces a distinct style of wine from a distinct terroir, and each of their flagship bottlings occupies a well-deserved place in the pantheon of great Spanish wine