Winery: Bodega Contador
Designation: La Rioja
Type: Red wine
Type of grapes: 92% Tempranillo, 3% Garnacha, 3% Mazuelo, 2% Graciano
Time of ageing: Aged for 18 months in one and two-use French oak barrels.
Vineyard and elaboration
This wine comes from the youngest vines in the winery with an age between 20 and 40 years and they are worked in an organic and sustainable way. It is made in 12 plots in a dry vineyard with goblet conduction located in the municipalities of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Labastida.
The soil is of different types, predominantly clay-calcareous.
The vinification is based on destemming without squeezing. Afterwards, the grapes ferment in oak tanks at a temperature of 19-25ºC for 12-14 days.
Aging takes place for 18 months in one and two-use French oak barrels.
The harvest is manual.
Bodega Contador's history begins in 1995, when Benjamín Romeo, winemaker and vine-grower, purchases a centenarian cave under the castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja). In 1996 he achieves the first vintage of his ‘La Cueva del Contador’ wine and starts buying vineyards for his wine-making project.
This project has been growing little by little util it reached its breaking point with 2004 and 2005 vineyards, when he got the highest score in the 100-point Parker wine-scoring scale (100 points). This unprecedented recognition skyrocketed the brand's international prestige, and it has not stopped growing since then.
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