Top Riojas through the ages

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Sarah Jane Evans MW explores the stylistic evolution of Rioja and suggests the best wines to look out for and buy from vintages spanning the last two decades...
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Rioja, Contino vina del olivo
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Contino, Viña del Olivo 2007

Contino, Viña del Olivo 2007
The first Rioja winery to make a single-vineyard wine, it is set in a bend in the river Ebro, with an ancient olive tree, hence the cuvée name. It is 88% Tempranillo and 12% Graciano (of which Contino has a fine old collection), aged 36 months in French, US and Hungarian oak. Superb aromas of redcurrant, vanilla, cassis; supple and rich, with typical elegant oak and spice. 19pts/20 (96/100pts)
Price £37–£72 Berry Bros & Rudd, Coe Vintners, Cheers, Fine & Rare, Handford, Harrods, Hedonism, The Drink Shop, The Wine Society, Waitrose, Winedirect
Drink 2013–2022
Alc 13%

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