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Contador

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Contador
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Mazuela,  Graciano,  Tempranillo
Designation of Origin: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Production area: La Rioja
Winery: Contador
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Mazuela,  Graciano,  Tempranillo
D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)
Winery: Contador
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.0%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Contador

Contador has become one of the great cult wines in Spain. The last two consecutive vintages have received the highest honour: 100 Parker points, achieved by both 2004 and 2005 vintages.
Contador is produced by the great Benjamín Romeo at Bodega Contador, a winery that is already legendary in D.O. La Rioja and it is a coupage of 94% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 3% Mazuelo.
The grapes come from small plots owned by the winery, distributed in various towns in the Rioja Alavesa area: San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Briones, Ábalos and Labastida.
Different soils, micro climates, locations and altitudes that allow us to experience a great wine. Very complex and rich with nuances, Contador is an expression of purity and sincerity of the earth.
According to Benjamín Romeo it is "A great wine that was born in the vineyard". It is impossible to make this wine without careful agriculture.
With the objective of extracting the best possible quality, the vines are placed in a vase, leaving only one bud for each thumb. Less production, but great quality.
The harvest is done by hand and the grapes arrive at the winery in under 30 minutes so that the grapes do not lose any quality.
Once in the winery, the grapes are subjected to a double selection process. Firstly they select the best bunches, and after de-stemming them, they finish the selection by picking the best grapes from the best bunches.
Benjamín Romeo´s obsession for detail has no limit. The new French oak barrels where Contador undergoes an aging for 18 months, are made from the best oak that Benjamín personally chooses.
It is an exclusive wine, unique, special and they only release 5000 bottles onto the market. We recommend that you decant this two hours before enjoying it.
Serve at 16ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Roasted turkey, Iberian ham, Roasted chicken, Mature cheese, Alone, Roasted lamb

Tasting notes Contador

The 2017 vintage was warm and with very little rainfall. Like other wineries in the area, after budding began a few weeks early, a terrible frost occurred on April 28, affecting the harvest. The year continued with high temperatures and little rain in spring and summer. For this reason the harvest was a few days early, which was costly due to the different vines from two blooms that had occurred due to the frost. But Benjamín Romeo says the result was satisfactory thanks to some great selection work done both out in the field and at the winery.
High summer temperatures define this vintage. After a mild winter with very little rainfall, spring began with a great deal of rain, which provided favourable conditions for the growth cycle of the vines. During the summer, they experienced very high temperatures and the absence of rain, which resulted in very healthy vines. As a general result, this was a balanced year, where the final absence of rains led to a good concentration of grapes. This year is noted for a vintage with volume that can be enjoyed as a young wine.
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Ca Rioja, high temperatures in spring and summer market his year, as well as the absence of rain at the most dangerous times for the vineyard. These factors led to very healthy vines, but the harvest was brought forward three weeks on average. As a result, this year was rated as a very good one in the area, with the only drawback of not reaching full ripeness. Therefore, the wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and ripening.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
A good balance and few climate incidents define this vintage. The autumn began with mild temperatures and lack of rain. In March began the rain,as well as the development of the vines. At the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines, temperatures decrease and there were a lot of rainy days. This caused an irregular growth of the vineyard. After an unstable month of May, the temperatures increased, and a cycle without rains began. This resulted in perfect sprouts and a good flowering. The summer months were warm and with some heat waves, which caused a slower growth cycle and some symptoms of water stress, and thus a concentration of fruit. At the end of September, and before the harvest, there was some rain that was perfect for a great year thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes. Good acidity and concentration define the wines from this vintage. Fine wines with a great ageing potential.
Sight A beautiful deep ruby red colour with purple reflections. Intense and bright. Nose Intense, clean and balanced. A high concentration of ripe red and black fruit along with nice balsamic notes and spices. Mineral aromas and elegantly toasted fine woods are noticed in the background. Taste On the palate this wine is both refined and powerful, deep and round. Fantastic balance between the fruit and the oak. Magnificent structure. A long and intense aftertaste.
Sight Beautiful deep ruby red colour with violet reflections. Very bright and intense. Nose Intense, clean and balanced nasal aromas. It shows abundant notes of very ripe red and black fruit, balsamic and spicy notes and a background of mineral aromas and elegant toasted hints reminiscent of noble wood. Taste In the palate, this wine is refined and powerful at the same time. It is deep and round. It stands out for the great balance between fruit and oak. It has a great structure. Long and intense aftertaste.
Sight Bright dark cherry colour wine with a high intensity. Nose This Spanish wine shows clean, high-intensity nasal aromas. The aromas of red and black fruits are released along with notes of undergrowth and aromatic herbs. It shows a marked mineral character with a background of subtle and elegant, very noble wooden aromas. Taste In the palate, this wine is delicate and powerful at the same time. It stands out for the great balance between the notes of fresh and ripe fruit, acidity and tannicity. Majestic, sober and elegant mid palate.  Long and intense aftertaste.
Sight Very lively, intense and bright, dark cherry colour with a high robe. Highly unctuous. Nose High intensity nasal aromas with a wide aromatic variety. Its notes of ripe red and black fruit are dominant. They are released along with some mineral and balsamic notes. Some spicy and roasted hints are also noticed along with aromatic plant nuances and cocoa. Great evolution in the glass. Taste In the palate, this wine is unctuous, embracing and silky. It has a long and elegant mid palate, with good, marked and ripe tannins, and a nice freshness provided by its delicate acidity. Long and persistent, very nice finish. Touching wine.
Sight Impressive cherry red colour. Very bright, with high robe. Abundant load of glycerine. Nose High-intensity nose with many aromatic nuances. Predominance of very ripe red and black fruit together with mineral and balsamic notes. Reminiscences of aromatic herbs, cocoa, roasted hints and spices. Taste In the mouth, it is a very unctuous, silky and embracing wine. Long and elegant mid-palate, full of creamy sensations, good and ripe tannins, with a freshness provided by a delicate, marked, deep and well-defined acidity. Long, persistent and very pleasant finish. Exciting. Sublime.

Ratings

  • Decántalo 96
  • Decántalo 97
  • Peñin 97
  • Atkin 97
  • Decántalo 96
  • Parker 97
  • Peñin 98
  • Parker 97
  • Peñin 98
  • Parker 97
  • Peñin 99
  • Parker 96
  • Decántalo 98
  • Parker 96
  • Decántalo 98
  • Parker 95
  • Peñin 98
  • Decántalo 98
  • Parker 98
  • Peñin 98
  • Decántalo 100
  • Parker 100
  • Parker 99
  • Winespectator 90

Ratings for the vintages from D.O.Ca. Rioja

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Very good
2014 Good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Excellent
2003 Good
2002 Good
2001 Excellent
2000 Good
1999 Good
1998 Very good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Excellent
1994 Excellent
1993 Good
1992 Good
1991 Very good
1990 Good
1989 Good
1988 Good
1987 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O.Ca. Rioja

Winery Contador

Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.

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Bodegas Contador is Benjamín Romeo: life, love for the land, roots, strictness, passion, time, results ... success. He began as a winemaker and oenologist, working for large wineries in La Rioja. However, with his personal project he has managed to get his wines on the menus of the most famous and expensive restaurants in the world. With utmost respect for the raw material and with a cultivation oriented towards maximum respect for the terroir, he started his personal project to create acclaimed red wines, authentic designer wines of low production.

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