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.
La Cueva Del
Contador takes its name from the caves in which, formerly, the
wines were produced in many towns in La Rioja. Caves carved
into the hillsides can still be observed today.
La Cueva del Contador 2008 is bright and an intense blackberryred
in color. The nose is deep with red fruit and black fruit notes.
Mineral, smooth with well-integrated oak. On the palate it is both
fresh and mature at the same time. It is well structured with an
excellent balance between sweetness, acidity and tannin. Tasty
and elegant with a powerful finish.
"The 2008 La Cueva de Contador is 100% Tempranillo aged for 18 months in new French oak. This purple-colored Rioja offers up a striking nose of sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, lilacs, espresso, and blackberry. Savory, ripe, sweetly-fruited, and incipiently complex, it will evolve for 6-8 years and drink well through 2028, if not longer. However, it lacks the depth of great vintages such as 2001, 2004, and 2005.
The Wine Advocate
"(100% tempranillo): Glass-staining ruby. Deep dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas are strongly marked by sexy vanillin oak and potpourri. The palate offers intense blackberry and boysenberry flavors, with energetic mineral and floral pastille notes and sweet mocha on the back end. Powerful, impressively concentrated and lively to boot, finishing with strong thrust and sappy persistence. This is still a baby.
International Wine Cellar