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  • Contino Graciano Rioja 2016

    £44.99

    “I sampled two vintages of the Graciano bottling, but only the 2016 Graciano was in bottle, and the 2017 was still in tank. 2016 was a warm and healthy harvest that delivered quantity and quality. It has very good freshness and a fine thread on the palate, with vibrant acidity and an electric sensation. It’s dry and leaves a chalky sensation on the palate. The wine had a slightly longer élevage of 26 months, and part of the time was in used barrels. The nose has bright aromas and better integrated oak. It feels varietal, and the acidity feels subtler and folded into the fruit, and the character reminds me of the first vintages of this wine. This should age nicely in bottle. 3,332 bottles were filled in February 2019. Drink: 2019-2019. 94 points

    Contino changed winemakers before the 2017, when Jorge Navascués took over from Jesús Madrazo. I have now tasted the first wines from Navascues, and there is a slight change in style. 2017 was the earliest harvest ever, but they didn’t suffer from the frost, lack of rain and warm weather. Many of the wines are now bottled in Burgundy bottles, the traditional one in Rioja Alavesa.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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  • Contino Vina del Olivo Rioja 2016

    £57.99

    “The 2016 Viña del Olivo has to be one of the finest recent vintages of this wine. It’s powerful and elegant and has great balance and a lively palate, with focused flavors, great purity and integrated oak. It’s very young and seems to have all the ingredients for a long development in bottle. It’s tasty, long, very pure and is salty rather than sweet. 13,881 bottles produced. Drink: 2020-2032. 95 points

    Contino changed winemakers before the 2017, when Jorge Navascués took over from Jesús Madrazo. I have now tasted the first wines from Navascues, and there is a slight change in style. 2017 was the earliest harvest ever, but they didn’t suffer from the frost, lack of rain and warm weather. Many of the wines are now bottled in Burgundy bottles, the traditional one in Rioja Alavesa.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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  • Remelluri Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2011

    £54.99

    “Very consistent with the style of the very dry, warm and ripe year, the 2011 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva had a powerful personality, with darker fruit and some earthy sensations, very Mediterranean, with plenty of rosemary aromas. It has the rugged tannin nicely polished and fine-grained, more elegant than what was produced in the 1990s. They now use the fruit from the older Garnacha vines in Remelluri, selecting the plots that have the soils with the most potential. They are still in search of their best plots, not necessarily those with older vines but the ones with the most potential of the soil. This was bottled in May 2014. 20,000 bottles produced. Drink: 2018-2030. 94 points

    With Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza, I tasted the latest releases from Remelluri, but I didn’t taste the white. The wines have changed since they returned to the property in 2010.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (235)

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  • Remelluri Rioja Blanco 2018

    £58.75

    “The 2018 Blanco has to be the finest white from Remelluri so far. It’s powerful, characterful and elegant, with ripeness and concentration coupled with very good freshness. This unusual white was produced with a mélange of grapes, trying to erase the varietal profile; it fermented with indigenous yeasts in tank and small oak vats and matured in used barriques, foudres and concrete. It has Mediterranean notes of hay and straw, but it’s powerful and serious, more like an austere Hermitage with a super-chalky palate and a very tasty, almost salty finish. It has great finesse, with power and the freshness from the high-altitude vineyards and the cool year. 13,100 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020. Drink: 2021-2028. 95 points”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (08/21)

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  • Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2013

    £28.99

    “The flagship red 2013 Reserva, the wine most people call simply Remelluri, was cropped from a cool, wet, challenging year, and it has a little less alcohol and higher acidity than the previous harvest. It had an élevage of 20 months in oak barriques. It has an herbal twist reflecting the conditions of the year, and it is developed and polished. It has the grippy, Nebbiolo-like tannins that are a signature of the Remelluri wines, a little more evident in a year like 2013. A Remelluri for food. 214,321 bottled produced. It was bottled in April 2016. Drink: 2019-2013. 93 points

    Remelluri is Telmo Rodríguez’s family’s property in Rioja. He returned in 2010 to take over the management from his father together with his sister Amaia. Since then, he and his business partner Pablo Eguzkiza have implemented many changes that can now be seen in the wines. I got up to date with all the missing vintages of all the wines produced at the property, so I tasted a couple of vintages of most of the wines, which is always good for comparison’s sake. I see the evolution of the different years, and I look forward to taste the 2016 versions of wines like the Remelluri Reserva and the Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, because what I see in the other wines points at a great development and improvement through meticulous work and small changes in the vineyards and winery.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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