Reviews & Scores
This flashy, layered red shows rich flavors of raspberry preserves, orange peel and anise, fine-tuned with herb, cedar and sweet spice accents. A tangy, integrated acidity binds this all together, with plush tannins.
Plenty of sandalwood, cedar, black-fruit and walnut aromas. So perfumed. Just a hint of dried fruit to add complexity. Full-bodied and layered with firm tannins, yet the ripe fruit is layered in-between. Gorgeous, succulent finish. One for the cellar.
I love the classic cépages of the 2015 Contino Gran Reserva, as this wine is composed of a blend of seventy percent Tempranillo, fifteen percent Graciano, twelve percent Garnacha and three percent Viura. This is the first Gran Reserva released here since the 2012 vintage and it comes in at fourteen percent octane in 2015. The wine delivers a refined young nose of black cherries, black raspberries, cigar wrapper, a superb base of soil tones, cloves, a refined framing of oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, ripe and full-bodied, with excellent depth at the core, ripe, firm tannins, tangy acids and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. This is an excellent young wine that still needs some bottle age to soften up more completely and start to drink with generosity, but it is going to be an superb wine in the fullness of time. (Drink between 2033-2080)
Saturated garnet. Expansive red and blue fruit, cured tobacco, potpourri, spice and succulent herb aromas, along with vanilla and smoky mineral notes. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering mineral- and spice-accented boysenberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that deepen and turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Shows sharp definition and spicy thrust on the impressively long, gently tannic finish, which leaves behind suggestions of juicy blue fruits and oak spices.