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...
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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