Condado de Haza Crianza Ribera del Duero 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Funky and leathery, and with a bit of ass in the glass this smells great. Sure it’s going to be a polarizing wine but life would suck without wines that smell like this in the mix. There’s surprising freshness here as well with smoke and coffee accents framing a core of spicy blackberry and almost strawberry toned fruit that picks up hints of chinese five spice and soy in the glass. Medium light bodied on entry, light and elegant in the mouth. The tannins here have melted away but this remains fresh and surprisingly pretty in the mouth with lovely bitter, wild cherry accented fruit that shows a bit of a beefy edge. The tannins do build in the mouth, nicely balanced by tart acids that bring out the sour plumy fruit on the palate. The finish is driven by ink and mineral flavors with a hint of wild blueberry on the finale. This is at early peak and is delicious today, having retained tons of fresh fruit and gained nuance and textural harmony with age. It’s a surprisingly delicate and somewhat refined Ribera, though it retains the powerful tannins these wines are known for. 90pts

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Condado de Haza:
Alejandro Fernández discovered an abandoned hillside on the banks of the River Duero in the mid-1980s that seemed to bring together the ideal conditions to become one of the best vineyards of the region. It had a gentle southern-facing slope that ended in the river and different soils composed of gravel, clay and gypsum that promised to produce the nuances needed to create complex wines from Te... Read more
Alejandro Fernández discovered an abandoned hillside on the banks of the River Duero in the mid-1980s that seemed to bring together the ideal conditions to become one of the best vineyards of the region. It had a gentle southern-facing slope that ended in the river and different soils composed of gravel, clay and gypsum that promised to produce the nuances needed to create complex wines from Tempranillo grapes. Thus began an arduous three-year period of negotiations destined to purchase the small individual allotments that made up the hillside. The first 80 hectares were finally planted in 1989. Today the property, which is named after the nearby town of Haza, has a continuous covering of almost 200 hectares of excellent Tempranillo vines. Although small amounts of wine were produced in 1993, the 1994 vintage was the first that underwent full-scale commercialisation. Both vintages were mainly produced in the Pesquera facilities. It was only from 1995 that Condado de Haza became the “Château” Alejandro Fernández had dreamed of. It became a complete and self-sufficient winery encompassing the whole winemaking process from the vine to the bottle. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Condado de Haza Crianza Ribera del Duero

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,725
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/14/2014

Funky and leathery, and with a bit of ass in the glass this smells great. Sure it’s going to be a polarizing wine but life would suck without wines that smell like this in the mix. There’s surprising freshness here as well with smoke and coffee accents framing a core of spicy blackberry and almost strawberry toned fruit that picks up hints of chinese five spice and soy in the glass. Medium light bodied on entry, light and elegant in the mouth. The tannins here have melted away but this remains fresh and surprisingly pretty in the mouth with lovely bitter, wild cherry accented fruit that shows a bit of a beefy edge. The tannins do build in the mouth, nicely balanced by tart acids that bring out the sour plumy fruit on the palate. The finish is driven by ink and mineral flavors with a hint of wild blueberry on the finale. This is at early peak and is delicious today, having retained tons of fresh fruit and gained nuance and textural harmony with age. It’s a surprisingly delicate and somewhat refined Ribera, though it retains the powerful tannins these wines are known for. 90pts


Member Reviews for Condado de Haza Crianza Ribera del Duero

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,725
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/14/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: gt3rs
9235582
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/01/2011

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: vindood
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/22/2009

Condado de Haza is another Alejandro Fernandez (of Pesquera fame) property also located in Ribera del Duero. Purple-colored, it offers up fragrant aromas of cedar, tobacco, black currants and blackberry. There is a supple mouth-feel and generous cherry and black fruit flavors and enough ripe tannins to ensure good longevity. Drink this hedonistic effort now and over the next 10-12 years. WS


Snooth User: Andrel
3361697
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 09/21/2008

Nice wine, but a bit youg. Should be better in 2010-2011.


Snooth User: sbajr
25644684
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/15/2009

Excelent, a no miss


Snooth User: Docsigmund
1506233
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/13/2009

Great Spanish wine and when you factor in the price, it is unbeatable. 4.5


Snooth User: cheers4ever
1961553
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/11/2009

how can I buy it? I'm in Shanghai now.


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External Reviews for Condado de Haza Crianza Ribera del Duero

External Review
Vintage: 2008 11/25/2013

The 2008 Crianza is purple-colored with an attractive bouquet of cedar, mineral, earth notes, espresso, and blackberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied wine with ample ripe fruit, a firm structure, good depth, and plenty of flavor.Consume with lamb and suckling pig roasts, lamb chops cooked over vine cutting, semi cured goat cheeses, and oven raosted fowl. Condado de Haza Website


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/12/2011

Saturated bright ruby. Superripe aromas of raspberry, espresso, cherry skin and black licorice. Chewy, deep and highly concentrated; youthfully tight but with no rough edges. The sappy flavors of black raspberry, mocha and spices show lovely verve. Finishes very long and aromatic, with building tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/12/2011

The dark, brambly aromas are subtly overlaid with tobacco, vanilla and dried spices. Earthy notes bolster the black cherries and plums on the palate. Finishes with firm tannins, but they're mellow enough to make this wine drinkable now with rare beef or lamb.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 04/10/2014

Ruby-red. Musky aromas of berry skin and cherry, with complicating notes of dried flowers and herbs. Firm on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering sweet red fruit flavors and a subtle peppery quality. Sweeter on the anise-tinged finish, where the cherry element lingers with good intensity. This will be drinking well soon, or could even be enjoyed now with a little aeration.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/12/2011

The 2005 Crianza is purple-colored with an attractive bouquet of cedar, mineral, earth notes, espresso, and blackberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied wine with ample ripe fruit, a firm structure, good depth, and plenty of flavor. This solid effort should be at its best between 2012 and 2020.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 10/31/2012

This polished red features restrained but harmonious flavors of cherry, licorice, smoke and tar, with firm but refined tannins. Not expressive now, but there's some depth. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/12/2011

This traditional-style red has a strong earthy note, but matches it with ripe plum, coffee and tobacco flavors. It has remarkable concentration; muscular tannins need food for balance.


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