Ribera del Duero, Spain
Alc. 14 %
The region of Ribera del Duero is the lesser known Spanish region compared to Rioja, but its wines are of equal — if not greater — quality. Crianza is the youngest designation of the wines as far as aging in barrel and bottle, but Condado de Haza goes above the minimum requirements and ages its Crianza for 18 months in American oak and 6 months in bottle before release. This gives the wine more complexity and softens out the potentially astringent tannins of young Tempranillo.
This is a serious, complex wine, at an incredibly affordable price. It’s ready to be consumed right now but could certainly evolve in the cellar for another 6+ years. Serving temperature should be around 14 C and we recommend decanting the wine first to allow the wine to open up even further and show off it’s beautiful aromas. Don’t be surprised if you find a little bit of sediment (yeast cells and leftover grape solids, like stems, seeds, and skin) in the bottle — it’s a natural part of wine which hasn't been fined or filtered.
Deep ruby red colour with a pale rim and slow moving tears indicating richness and viscosity.
Very aromatic with prominent woody, smoky, toasty notes that are well balanced with rich berry fruit. Roasted coffee beans, baking spice, and dried fruit provide layers of complexity alongside the ripe cherry, plum and raspberry fruitiness.
The palate definitely mimics the nose. Every amazing aroma is present for your taste buds to enjoy, but it’s a bit more fruit driven than you might have expected after the initial 'sniff'. The acidity provides a great backbone for the wine and tannins are strong, but velvety and ripe. Even though the alcohol is at 14% abv, it’s well integrated and doesn’t feel too warm. The higher acidity keeps it tasting super fresh in spite of how full the body is, and how bold the taste is. You might get licorice on the finish giving you yet another layer to this ever lingering wine.
A lamb roast is a delicious pairing. And for our vegetarian friends it would be amazing with a portobello mushroom burger seasoned with fresh herbs and smoked gouda.
Tempranillo, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail: $26.99 Club: $20.49