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Contino 2014 Rioja Reserva

Contino Contino is the first and remains one of the greatest single-vineyard Rioja producers in the marketplace. Based on 19th Century French château’s ideals, Contino has been CVNE’s premier label since …

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Bodegas Montecillo 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

On occasion, I sit next to a normal at a wine conference.  After a few minutes of awkward conversation, they invariably ask me one question:“What is your favorite wine?”I don’t have an answer to that question. …

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 Three Top Spanish Wines

Bodegas Briego Tiempo Crianza, Ribera Del Duero I’ve reviewed vintages of Bodegas Briego since 2009 and have always been impressed by the quality and price points for their Crianza bottlings. This is a …

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Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

One of the first wineries in Rioja. Well, other than the medieval farmers who aged their wines in gutted-out pig skins. Located in the Rioja Alta region, Montecillo is an important …

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Dinastia Vivanco 2010 Rioja Reserva

After all these years (and all those wines!), the high level of winemaking and the low cost of Spanish wines still amazes me. For instance, this bottle of reserva should cost …

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Altocedro Malbec Reserve La Consulta Mendoza 2012

Altocedro 2012 Malbec Reserva

A bold, full-bodied wine with lots of complexity. Aromas of smoky oak, vanilla, cola, black cherry, and spice. The palate pushes into mocha and cinnamon territory with a draping of dark …

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Cune Gran Reserva Rioja 2009

Cune 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

The wines of C.V.N.E. (or Cune) will always have a warm place in my heart. They are classical Rioja, and their Gran Reserva stands the test of time.  If you have …

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Contino 2007 Gran Reserva Rioja

Contino 2007 Gran Reserva Rioja

CVNEA number of years ago,  I was fortunate enough to have a one-on-one tasting with Maria Larrea, the CVNE winemaker. A wonderfully gracious woman, she took me through her entire portfolio of …

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