Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Crianza 2015


Importer’s notes: Always a textural and complex Tempranillo, the 2015 is showing great class and poise. Simply delicious drinking with red and blue fruits, hints of milk chocolate and a wonderful sappy, spicy (garrigue like!) complexity on the fresh spicy finish. The winemaking largely mimics the Pesquera; late harvesting by hand, natural ferment, vinification by parcel and 18 months in barrique, bottled unfiltered. It is fabulously delicious now, yet will reward three-seven years in the cellar. In short, 2015 gives good Condado.

“Aromas of blackcurrants, crushed violets, rosemary and thyme. Full body, good concentration and silky tannins with a pure and vivid finish. Drink or hold.” 93 points, James Suckling,

“Cherry, red plum and currant flavors are ripe and juicy in this bright red, supported by firm tannins and citrusy acidity that give way to a vanilla- and floral-accented finish. Offers a fresh fruit core, with solid structure.” 90 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator

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Condado de Haza is located in the province of Burgos, known for its rocky soils and cooler climate. It has a different soil type and higher elevation than its sister property in Pesquera. And where Pesquera is a fine, compact and bloody wine, Condado de Haza is typically plump, textural and with a more rugged structure. The microclimate here is tempered by its proximity to the river. Hot days drive the ripeness, while the cold nights maintain high acidity, resulting in fleshy wines that nonetheless remain fresh and sappy.

A potted history. In 1987 Alejandro spied a slope of largely neglected vines along the Duero River, in Ribera del Duero, north-east of Pesquera between Roa and La Horra. This slope struck him as being perhaps the most ideal vineyard site in the whole of Ribera, based on its soils and aspect. Yet it consisted of hundreds of small parcels with separate and stubborn ownership. Three years of continuous negotiation, beginning in late 1986 and ending in 1989, resulted in the acquisition of the entire site and the replanting of just over 40 hectares

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