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Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero 1995

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Alenza is a special wine made in the tradicional manner, the whole grape clusters being crushed by foot and fermented without prior seperation. Grape Variety: 100% Tempranillo. Alcohol: 13,5% Vol. Aging: 23 months in barriques of American oak. Appearance: Attractive, deep red. Bright and clear with noteworthy glyceric and liquid consistency. Nose: Increasing in intensity with bootle age, opening in flavour and complexity and showing great promise for further development. Rich, smoky and wild on the nose, with scents of candied plum, cherry liqueur, charred meat, espresso, tobacco and cigar box. Palate: Full-textured and powerful, finishing dry with intense fruit concentration. Acid, alcohol and dry extract combine for round and rich flavour, the abundant tannins becoming more refined with additional aging. Fruit and fine oak return on the finish, which is lingering and persistent. Powerful, densely packed dark fruit flavors are accented by exotic spice and earthy nuances, and supported by a firm, tannic frame. Although the tannins are nicely absorbed by the rich fruit with some aeration, I'd opt for cellaring this brooding wine for at least another few years, and then serve it with grilled or braised lamb or game.

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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

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Alenza is a special wine made in the tradicional manner, the whole grape clusters being crushed by foot and fermented without prior seperation. Grape Variety: 100% Tempranillo. Alcohol: 13,5% Vol. Aging: 23 months in barriques of American oak. Appearance: Attractive, deep red. Bright and clear with noteworthy glyceric and liquid consistency. Nose: Increasing in intensity with bootle age, opening in flavour and complexity and showing great promise for further development. Rich, smoky and wild on the nose, with scents of candied plum, cherry liqueur, charred meat, espresso, tobacco and cigar box. Palate: Full-textured and powerful, finishing dry with intense fruit concentration. Acid, alcohol and dry extract combine for round and rich flavour, the abundant tannins becoming more refined with additional aging. Fruit and fine oak return on the finish, which is lingering and persistent. Powerful, densely packed dark fruit flavors are accented by exotic spice and earthy nuances, and supported by a firm, tannic frame. Although the tannins are nicely absorbed by the rich fruit with some aeration, I'd opt for cellaring this brooding wine for at least another few years, and then serve it with grilled or braised lamb or game.

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