Contador 2017 is a mature red wine with a delicate nose of ripe red and black fruit integrated with elegant mineral aromas, aromatic herbs and toast. On the palate it is creamy, very sweet and voluminous. A velvety mid-palate that reveals an exquisite balance between fruit and wood to the finish. The finish is intense, long and very persistent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.