CVNE Contino Blanco 2016 (750ml)
CVNE, Compañía Vinícola del Norte del España (the Northern Spanish Wine Company), was founded in 1879 in the town of Haro in Rioja. CVNE was founded by two brothers and today is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family. Since its inception, CVNE has been focused on the production and aging of wines and now comprises of four wineries: CVNE, Imperial, Vina Real and Contino.
Rare and Fine 2019.
Vinedo Contino was created in 1973 establishing the “chateau” concept in the Rioja region. On the banks of the Ebro region, the estate’s 62 hectares of vines are located in Lasaerna, near the town of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa. 85% Viura, 10% Garnacha Blanca and 5% Malvasia. The grapes undergo cold maceration before alcoholic fermentation then the still fermenting must is racked into 350L and 500L oak barrels to complete fermentation. 90% of the oak barrels are new, 10% are used. 7% of the wine stays in Acacia barrels 8% in concrete egg, 80% oak barrel, 5% stainless steel. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation as to preserve the wine’s bright acidity. Each varietal is planted in different plots of diverse soils. The wine is yellow gold in the glass, yellow fruit, citrus, toasted nuts on the nose. The palate is full and unctuous with a slight tannic grip and excellent structure supporting oak and ripe fleshy fruit.
“It’s easy to overlook Contino’s white, such is the fame of its reds, but this complex, barrel-fermented assemblage of Viura with a little Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca is floral, leesy and flinty, with structure from 24 hours’ skin contact.”- 94 pts, Tim Atkin, MW, Decanter