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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2001
Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero Tinto 2001
(search item no. 60187)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In 1987, Alejandro Fernández, the acknowledged master of Spains precocious Tempranillo grape, spied a neglected slope along the Duero River which promised to be the most ideal vineyard site in the region: one full kilometer of southfacing slope leading to the rivers edge, remarkable in the absence of intervening benchland terrain. 15 months in American oak. This year presented a short crop of healthy grapes, resulting in a rich, deeply colored wine with robust, chewy tannins balanced by a perfect touch of clean, toasty oak.
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About Condado de Haza:

In 1972, Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera of Pesquera de Duero initiated the renaissance of Spain's Ribera del Duero appellation with the area's first modern wire-trained vineyard, their Viña Alta in Pesquera. In the mid-1980s as Tinto Pesquera was assuming its place among the most intriguing and powerful icons in the world of wine, Alejandro spied a neglected slope along the Duero River which had the appearance of being the most ideal vineyard site in the region, perhaps in all Spain: One full kilometer of southfacing mountain slope leading right to the river's edge. Ideal soils in the full range preferred by the Tempranillo variety, from gravel to clay with a chalky base, suggested the potential for a multitude of styles from this difficult grape, essential for creating the desired complexity and balance.

Abandoned for years, the slope consisted of hundreds of small parcels with separate and stubborn ownership. Three years of continuous negotiation beginning in late 1986 resulted in the first planting of just over 100 acres in 1989. Today the contiguous estate includes over 500 acres of prime Tempranillo vines. Encompassed within the historic county of the hilltop village Haza high above the opposite bank of the Duero, the estate was christened Condado de Haza.

Condado de Haza reflects the bold and brilliant winemaking style of Alejandro Fernández, unrivaled master of Spain's Tempranillo variety. Bottled after malolactic fermentation and 15 months in American oak, like Tinto Pesquera it can be enjoyed early yet will reward patient cellaring.