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Contador Rioja 2010

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Contador Rioja 2010 750ML          
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Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate when describing the 2010 El Contador wrote "One of the most memorable days in Rioja was spending an afternoon in the company of the inimitable Benjamin Romeo, the tour de force behind Bodega Contador."

Last Tuesday, The Wine Buyer had the pleasure of having dinner with Benjamin Romeo and tasted the latest vintage of this beautiful Spanish red. Halfway through dinner, Benjamin flat out told us that 2010 will be the best vintage of El Contador to date. Those words should not be taken lightly, as the 2004 and 2005 vintages were rated 100 Points by the Wine Advocate. Just like Neal Martin, our brief time spent with Benjamin Romeo left an incredible impression.

Rating
"Inky purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokesdark berry preserves, incense and lavender, with a bright mineral overtone. Sappy, penetrating black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent depth and energy, picking up floral pastille and vanilla nuances with air. Finishes with superb clarity, subtle tannins and outstanding, floral-driven persistence." Vinous, 96 Points

"The 2010 Contador was cropped later than the 2009, on October 7, 8 and 14. It is 99% Tempranillo with 1% Garnacha raised in new French oak for 19 months. Comparing it directly against the 2009, it has slightly more delineation and lift on the nose, which is taut and demonstrates great focus. After two hours, the nose has blossomed in similar fashion to the 2009, with an undertow of blood orange and crushed violets. The lower pH level and equivalent alcohol level shows through on the palate, which is beautifully balanced, with layers of ripe blackberry, creme de cassis and blueberry jam. The texture is satin-like with a generous finish. This will be a potent, sophisticated Contador destined to seduce wine-lovers in approximately 15 to 20 years. Drink 2018-2035." Wine Advocate, 96 Points

Wine maker notes
There is no doubt that Benjamin Romeo is a perfectionist when it comes to winemaking. He is both passionate in the bodega, and obsessive in the vineyard. He served as winemaker at the iconic Artadi from 1985 to 2000, and after 15 years 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. Benjamin Romeo’s Contador is one of only two Spanish wines ever to receive consecutive 100 point ratings from Robert Parker.

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Type: Still wine
 
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