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La Cueva del Contador

La Cueva del Contador
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La Cueva del Contador
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
Designation of Origin: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Production area: La Rioja
Winery: Contador
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 15.5%
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tempranillo
D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)
Winery: Contador
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 15.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of La Cueva del Contador

La Cueva del Contador is a marvellous red wine from La Rioja D.O region. It is produced by the Contador Winery, which is a project by the renowned winemaker Benjamín Romeo. Benjamín founded the winery in 1995, producing the first vintages of La Cueva del Contador in a small wine cellar under the Castillo de San Vincente de la Sonsierra.

Formerly these caves used to store and preserve wines. The name Contador, or ´Counter´ pays homage to the people who sat at the entrance and literally had to count the wine that entered.

La Cueva del Contador is solely made with Tempranillo grapes, grapes that come from 7 small plots owned by the winery, which can be found in the towns of San Vincente de la Sonriera and Ábalos. The vines grow on different arcillo-calcareous soils and the altitudes and microclimates of the region allow for a very complex wine.

One noticable highlight of Contador winery is the meticulous attention paid to every detail. Benjamin Romeo himself personally oversees the entire process, from the soil care of the vineyard to the label design.

Once in the winery the grapes go through a double selection table, where twice the best bunches are selected. This is to ensure only the best quality grapes are used in the wine.

They are then cold macerated at about 17 ° C for 4 days and then fermented at a controlled temperature of between 17 and 25 ° C temperature for 8 days.

After the fermentation process, La Cueva del Contador is aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels made of the best French coopers. It is Benjamin himself who, with his eye for detail, personally selects the best oak barrels to use.


La Cueva del Contador is a deep complex wine. A modern rioja, very expressive of terroir. We recommend to decant two hours before you can enjoy it in its fullness.

Serve at 16ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Game birds, Roasted red meats, Iberian ham, Game animals, Mature cheese

Tasting notes La Cueva del 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.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
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 Nice and bright dark cherry colour with a medium-high robe. Abundant slow-falling tears. Nose High intensity nasal aromas. Its powerful notes of ripe red and black fruit stand out in a very nice balance with the notes provided during its ageing in new French oak barrels for 18-20 months. Its spicy, balsamic and mineral notes provide complexity to the set. Taste It has a nice and powerful attack and a very fruity mid-palate with very well integrated wooden aromas. A well-bodied, elegant, long and round wine with a great structure. Highly recommendable.
Sight Nice and bright dark cherry colour with a medium-high robe. Abundant slow-falling tears. Nose High intensity nasal aromas. Its powerful notes of ripe red and black fruit stand out in a very nice balance with the notes provided during its ageing in new French oak barrels for 18-20 months. Its spicy, balsamic and mineral notes provide complexity to the set. Taste It has a nice and powerful attack and a very fruity mid-palate with very well integrated wooden aromas. A well-bodied, elegant, long and round wine with a great structure. Highly recommendable.
Sight Nice dark cherry colour with a medium-high robe. Thin and elegant tears.
Nose In the nose, this is a deep and refined, complex wine, full of nuances. Its notes of red and black fruit stand out along with spicy, mineral and balsamic touches wrapped in very well integrated wooden aromas. Taste It has an elegant attack and a serious and silky mid palate with a good balance between maturity and freshness. It shows a very powerful and refined finish.
Sight High intensity ruby red colour. It is bright and shows thin tears.
Nose High intensity, deep nasal aromas with outstanding notes of red and black fruit. A mineral, subtle and elegant red wine with very well integrated wooden notes. Taste In the palate, this wine is fresh and mature at the same time. It is deep and fleshy. It shows an elegant structure with an excellent balance between acidity and tannins. Tasty, elegant wine with a long and persistent finish.
Sight In dark cherry color, bright and clean. Slight and slow tear. Nose Aromatic intensity. Lots of ripe black fruit, well integrated wood, with notes of coffee, milk and a mineral touch. Taste Elegant wine, round and deep, powerful and meaty. Good structure, with well balanced acidity and good fruit with a spicy touch. Long and persistent finish.

Ratings

  • Decántalo 95
  • Parker 95
  • Peñin 95
  • Peñin 94
  • Peñin 94
  • Parker 94
  • Parker 95
  • Parker 94
  • Decántalo 96
  • Parker 95
  • Decántalo 95
  • Parker 95
  • Peñin 94
  • Decántalo 95
  • Parker 94
  • Decántalo 94
  • Peñin 94
  • Winespectator 89

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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