Benjamin Romeo Contador 2009
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Contador 2009 has a cherry red color with high intensity and
brightness. In the nose, red and black fruits, also aromatic herbs (thyme, rosemary, lavender and fennel). It also shows a marked mineral character with noble wood notes. The palate is delicate and powerful and is very fine. It shows a great balance between fresh and ripe fruit. Final finish is long and intense.
"The sensational 2009 Contador is a blend of 97% Tempranillo and 3% Garnacha from several parcels, cropped at 0.5kg per bush vine and aged for 18 months entirely in French oak. The nose is very lifted with floral notes: crushed violets and rose petals sprinkled over cassis and dark plum fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a gentle, insistent grip. It has a satin-like texture, bewitching harmony and a precise, languorous finish that exhibits spine-tingling minerality. Returning to the bottle hours after opening, it evolves ever-higher degrees of harmony and sumptuousness. It almost leaves you giggling stupidly at how good it is. It is expensive, but it is also cheaper than a First Growth. Drink 2017-2030."
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque violet color. Vibrant aromas of black raspberry, licorice and candied violet, with intense mineral and allspice accents. Then dense, deep and utterly palate-staining, offering powerful yet energetic flavors of blackberry preserves, licorice, smoky minerals and candied flowers. Closes with superb persistence and finishing perfume, betraying just a hint of tannins."
International Wine Cellar
Learn About Benjamin Romeo
Benjamin Romeo was the winemaker at the iconic Rioja winery
Artadi. After 15 years there, he started Contador, his own personal
project, also in the Rioja Alavesa. There he very quickly received
international recognition when his 2004 vintage Contador Cuvee
was awarded 100 points from The Wine Advocate.
Learn About Rioja
(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...
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Learn About Tempranillo
Grape that Reigns in Spain
Most often associated with Spain,
is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions
del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light
side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World
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