Excellent with the level well into the neck and good, clean label - a few tiny nicks, though these are hardly visible.
Located in the Rioja Alavesa, Contino was the first Rioja château, though the property dates from the 16th century. The name 'contino' comes from the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family 'de contino' (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards. According to legend, Saint Gregory, the patron saint of vines, passed through the lands of this Rioja property, giving rise to the use of his figure in the logo of the winery as well as the use of his name for some of the plots now planted with vines.
The wines are fruity and elegant due mainly to the perfect combination of soils, the Atlantic-Mediterranean climate and highly tuned wine-making techniques. These factors have made Contino, more than 30 years after the first vintage, a benchmark wine both in Spain and in other wine regions across the globe.
Riojas age well and Contino are one of the best wineries in Rioja, making classy fine wines. From our research, this appears to be the last bottle of the 1980 Gran Reserva available anywhere.