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Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero 2007

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

Condado de Haza, part of the Pesquera group, focuses its production on a hillside vineyard of gravel and limestone, planted towards the end of the 1980s by Alejandro Fernandaacute;ndez. The vines tend to give wines of great concentration and aging potential andmdash; like this intense tempranillo with mineral aromas and surprisingly fresh cherry scents. The delicious fruit bathes in tannins as firm as steel. Give this five years in the cellar for that structure to mellow.

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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

External Reviews for Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Condado de Haza, part of the Pesquera group, focuses its production on a hillside vineyard of gravel and limestone, planted towards the end of the 1980s by Alejandro Fernandaacute;ndez. The vines tend to give wines of great concentration and aging potential andmdash; like this intense tempranillo with mineral aromas and surprisingly fresh cherry scents. The delicious fruit bathes in tannins as firm as steel. Give this five years in the cellar for that structure to mellow.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 theyrsquo;re mellow enough to make this wine drinkable now with rare beef or lamb.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Lush, modern red. Toast and vanilla flavors wrap around blackberry and plum flavors, supported by ripe, full tannins and a generous texture. Itrsquo;s balanced and lively. Best from 2004 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

An ambitious tinto fino, this is red-fruited as ripe roriz (the varietyrsquo;s name further down the river in Portugalrsquo;s Douro). Itrsquo;s also showing substantial oak, especially in the smoky, bacony aroma. This seems pushed to a Port-like ripeness and hasnrsquo;t yet fleshed out to carry all that ripeness. Age it to allow the fruit to mellow as it absorbs some of the oak.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/07/2015

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.




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