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Benjamin Romeo Contador 2011

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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750ML / 15.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Contador 2011 has a blackberry color with high intensity and brightness. In the nose, plus red and black fruits mature, appears the character of balsamic and aromatic herbs (thyme, rosemary, lavender and fennel). It also shows a marked mineral character with fine and well integrated wood notes. The palate is fine and powerful. It is very fine. It shows a great balance between fruit and oak. Final aftertaste is long and intense. Very ripe and tasty.

Blend: 94% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 3% Mazuelo

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Contador is a compact, tight-knit wine, serious and backward that needs plenty of air. It's still a baby showing the typical aromas that only the very best barrels can give and that you only find in a very few top wines (and I'm thinking of Pingus here). However, the personality is quite different, akin to a young Nuits-St-Georges, with very fine tannins and subtle acidity. I feel the wine needs a couple of years in the bottle. Drink 2016-2022.
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Vivid purple. Heady, exotically perfumed bouquet of intense black and blue fruits, incense, vanilla and Indian spices, along with suggestions of smoky minerals, mocha and cola. Sweet, palate-staining blackberry, blueberry, cherry-vanilla and violet flavors show unlikely vivacity for their heft and power, with juicy acidity adding spine and lift. Refuses to let up on the spicy, floral finish, which features velvety tannins and a whiplash of sweet dark berries and floral pastilles.
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Benjamin Romeo

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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.

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Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.

Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.

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STC304042_2011 Item# 167869