Bodegas Conde El Arte de Vivir 2007
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
This wine is sourced from 60-80 year vines in La Horra and Quemada, villages in the Burgos District of Ribera del Duero. Produced by J.C. Conde, with Isaac Fernandez, managing the vineyards and making the wines. This wine spent 6 months in a combination of 70% French and 30% American oak after fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
Literally translated as "the art of living" this wine is homage to those who have inspired us in the quest to bringing great Spanish wines to the US. This vintage is dedicated to Robert Nielsen, who believed in and supported my vision for Grapes of Spain. We practice the Art of Living in his memory.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 El Arte de Vivir is also 100% Tempranillo sourced from 60- to 80-year-old vines. It was aged for six months in French and American oak. It s more substantial and structured than the Vivir, vivir cuvee with layers of fleshy fruit, excellent concentration, and 1-2 years of aging potential. The finish is lengthy and sweet. Drink this pleasure-bent wine over the next six years."
Bodegas Conde Winery
Five years have passed since we started the exciting adventure which is Neo. Perhaps the first thing which may surprise you is to see three people still in the photo. We are not surprised, we are more united than ever, with our batteries thoroughly charged and ready to continue offering you the best of ourselves and our vineyards.
We invite you to continue on board this boat as we aim to make our wine one of the best in the world.
We continue to work with the best viticulturists from Ribera del Duero, we still obtain the best grapes from vineyards of more than 50 years old which are subjected to an exhaustive quality control system and quantity monitoring through the course of the year, only in this way can we obtain the necessary raw materials to make Neo. Our vines in the Estate of Cabarroso work better every day and are already incorporated in the production of some of our wines.
This year we have acquired a new vineyard which, for your interest, we will tell you is the highest in Aranda de Duero, with an approximate age of some 70 years; one more step towards attaining our goal, of having the very best grapes. View all Bodegas Conde Wines
About Ribera del Duero(rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.