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