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CONDADO DE HAZA 10
Item: #377939
Bottle Size: 750ml
WS: 90
WA: 90
$26.98
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CONDADO DE HAZA 2010

Alejandro Fernandez, well-known as the owner/winemaker for Pesquera, has scored a home run with this delicious Tempranillo. It began when he discovered an abandoned hillside on the banks of the River Duero in themid-1980s that seemed to bring together the ideal conditions to become one of the best vineyards of the region. Ithad a gentle south-facing slope that ended in the river and different soils composed of gravel, clay and gypsum thatpromised to produce the nuances needed to create complex wines from Tempranillo. The results of his discoveryspeak from the bottle and more than a few critics have heard the call.

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 91 POINTS "Dark ruby. Explosive aromas of dark berry and cherry preserves, with smoke, game and violet accents. Plush and expansive, offering spicy cherry and cassis flavors and notes of candied flowers and bitter chocolate. Vanilla and cracked pepper build with air and carry through a long, sappy and gently tannic finish. Incidentally, the 2008 bottling of this wine is drinking very well right now, with plenty of juicy dark berry character and brightening minerality; no rush to drink it but no crime to do so now, either."

WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Juicy black cherry and red plum flavors mingle with notes of licorice, black pepper and toast in this firm, fresh red. Displays enough structure for food but remains balanced and lively."

WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS "The 2009 Condado de Haza Crianza undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrique where it ages for 15 months. It offers a lovely ripe, yet controlled bouquet of raspberry, kirsch and incense that blossom with aeration. You can almost smell that Ribera warmth! The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins over-layering a sweet core of red fruit. It is playful and joyful, belying its fine structure and citric fresh finish. This is a wonderful wine from Condada de Haza."
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