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La Cueva del Contador 2015

Appellation: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Grape: Tempranillo
Alcohol: 15%
Winery: BENJAMIN ROMEO
Volume: 75cl.

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La Cueva del Contador by Benjamin Romeo "a mini-Contador" -R. Parker

  • Type of Wine: Red wine

  • Principal grape variety: Tempranillo

  • Bodega: Contador. Benjamin ROmeo.

  • This wine pairs especially well with meats, stewed meats and fish sauce. Serve at 17ºC

  • La Cueva de Contador is a wine made from Tempranillo grapes from different plots, located on farms Sacramento, El Bombon, The Elder, Sisabal and The Bardallo mainly located in the municipalities of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Abalos and Labastida Rioja and Rioja Alava belonging to the DOCa. Rioja. Harvest in early October, by hand, in small boxes. Cold maceration for 4 days at a temperature of about 17ºC, and selection of clusters in table. In his winemaking bunches are destemmed without crushing. Slow fermentation for 8 days, and 9,000-liter vats uan temperature between 17ºC and 25ºC. Ageing and aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels. All movements of the wine are made considering lunar cycles. Bottling unqualified without cold stabilization without squeezing. Limited production of 9,300 bottles. Alcohol: 15% vol. Tasting Notes: Red purple upper middle layer. On the nose, deep, highlighted red and black fruits with spicy, mineral and balsamic. With well integrated wood. The palate is elegant and well balanced in terms of maturity and freshness, with powerful and fine finish.

  • The independent wine guide, The Wine Advocate, has tasted this wine in April 2015, and gave it 95 points Parker. "La Cueva del Contador 2012 is a mini-Contador (at a more approachable price), also a blend of Tempranillo with some Garnacha, fermented in oak vat without the addition of yeasts, and aged19 months in new barriques. The nose is very floral, open and exuberant, with hints of violets, dark plums, Morello cherries and spices, and it does not feel oaky at all. The palate is elegant, medium-bodied, with refined tannins, very good balance and persistence. A great showing for La Cueva. Bravo! I think this is the wine from their portfolio where you get more quality for money. It's the one I buy. 6,900 bottles were produced".
  • The beginnings of Bodega Contador back to 1995, when the winemaker and viticulturist Romeo Benjamin acquires a centuries cave under the castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja). In 1996 the first crop produced there from La Cueva del Contador vines and start shopping for your project, while conditioning the garage of his parents' house to perform and increase capacity winemaking wine cave. In 1999 produced the first vintage of the wine Accountant and in 2000 decided to devote himself exclusively to his personal project.
    His international recognition comes through the American critic Robert Parker awarded 100 points to 2004 and 2005 vintages of wine, "Counter", made in the garage. Being the highest rating given to a Rioja wine before. The project Bodega Contador is through the architect Hector Herrera, and opens on June 21, 2008, coinciding with the summer solstice. The building is modern and functional design is structured on three levels that reproduce the original slope of the land, in which the management of the grape and wine by gravity and considering the lunar cycles. In its 50 owned vineyard plots with different soils, microclimates, altitudes and orientations, applies a traditional viticulture, craft where all the work is biodynamic, with different jobs, like chopping the branches and fertilize the soil with organic matter obtained from sheep manure.
    Since late 2013 the airline Fly Dubai Emirates (UAE), opted for the counter came to offer it to their customers who fly first class on board the Airbus A380.