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Bodegas Condado de Haza

Condado de Haza 2007

Price: $29.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas Condado de Haza
Vintage Year: 2007
Highest Rating: 92pts ( Wine & Spirits)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. Ribera del Duero

TASTING NOTES

Intense Tempranillo character is apparent in an elegant and pure wine only lightly influenced by the oak. Medium weight on the palate with a lingering, slightly dusty finish that promises excellent development in the bottle. Aged 15 months in primarily American oak.

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PRESS

Condado de Haza (2009) - "Dark ruby.  Explosive aromas of dark berry and cherry preserves, with smoke, game and violet accents.  Plush and expansive, offering spicy cherry and cassis flavors and notes of candied flowers and bitter chocolate.  Vanilla and cracked pepper build with air and carry through a long, sappy and gently tannic finish.  Incidentally, the 2008 bottling of this wine is drinking very well right now, with plenty of juicy dark berry character and brightening minerality; no rush to drink it but no crime to do so now, either."

91(+?) Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Condado de Haza (2009) - "Juicy black cherry and red plum flavors mingle with notes of licorice, black pepper and toast in this firm, fresh red. Displays enough structure for food but remains balanced and lively. Drink now through 2017. 40,000 cases made."

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jul 1, 2013

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Condado de Haza (2009) - "The 2009 Condado de Haza Crianza undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrique where it ages for 15 months. It offers a lovely ripe, yet controlled bouquet of raspberry, kirsch and incense that blossom with aeration. You can almost smell that Ribera warmth! The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins over-layering a sweet core of red fruit. It is playful and joyful, belying its fine structure and citric fresh finish. This is a wonderful wine from Condada de Haza. Drink now-2017."

90 Points
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2013

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Condado de Haza (2009) - "This very dark ruby colored Spanish Red opens with mild old leather and gentle red currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a gentle plum with notes of nicely integrated oak and a touch of blueberry and very mild minerality. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins stick around for quite some time. The time is now for this wine. I would pair it with prime rib over the next couple of years. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 1, 2012

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Condado de Haza (2008) - "Youthful purple. Primary, pungent aromas of black and blue fruits, vanilla, fresh flowers and licorice, with slow-mounting spiciness. Broad, palate-coating cassis and boysenberry flavors are framed and lifted by tangy acidity. Showing very well right now but has the depth to age."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Condado de Haza (2008) - "The 2008 Condado de Haza is a glass-coating opaque purple color offering up a fragrant perfume of Asian spices, incense, violets, espresso, and blackberry. On the palate it is sweetly-fruited, ripe, plump, and tasty. Relatively forward for a young wine from Ribera del Duero, it still has enough structure to fill out for another 1-2 years at which point it may merit an outstanding rating. Drink it from 2012 to 2020. "

89 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Condado de Haza (2007) - "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 1980's by Alejandro Fernández. The vines tend to give wines of great concentration and aging potential — 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."

92 Points, Best Buy
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Jun 1, 2011

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Condado de Haza (2007) - "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."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Condado de Haza (2007) - "This very dark ruby colored wine opens with a barnyard, smoky bacon, and spicy black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and easy going. The flavor profile is red currant with a hint of black pepper and black tea. The finish is dry and has a little heat to go with its moderate tannins that are sticky and show some length. The panel suggested pairing this wine with pork tenderloin or lamb medalions."

89 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Nov 25, 2010

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Condado de Haza (2007) - "This polished red features restrained but harmonious flavors of cherry, licorice, smoke and tar, with firm but refined tannins. Drink now through 2015."

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 30, 2010

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Condado de Haza (2007) - "This contiguous estate includes more than 500 acres of prime Tempranillo vines, from the hands of Alejandro Fernández and his wife, Esperanza, who initiated the renaissance of Spain's Ribera del Duero appellation. The nose is earthy and rustic with a backdrop of stone fruit and mulberry/cranberry edge. Medium-bodied and pretty on the palate—it becomes more feminine with each sip."


The Tasting Panel, Jun 1, 2011

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Condado de Haza (2006) - "Silky and lush with ripe blackberry, cherry and vailla spice; gorgeous chocolate plum and fruit; long and balanced."

93 Points
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, Jul 2, 2010

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Condado de Haza (2006) - "Bright ruby. Vivid raspberry, blackberry, anise and floral scents are fresh and pure. Juicy dark berry flavors are complemented by succulent herbs and dark chocolate, becoming sweeter with air. Leaves strong floral pastille and berry liqueur notes behind, finishing with excellent cut and precision. Very nicely focused wine."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 15, 2008

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Condado de Haza (2006) - "Condado de Haza is a 225-hectare estate located on southern facing hillsides between the towns of La Hora and Roa. It is owned and operated by Alejandro Fernández of Pesquera. The wines of this property are dark purple in color, highly concentrated and generally need cellar time to evolve before drinking. The 2006 Crianza displays ripe black fruit and earth aromas with a touch of barnyard. It offers soft and velvet smooth dark berry and plum fruit on the palate with excellent concentration of flavors. The wines also exhibits a lovely texture and balance with soft round tannins and grip on the finish."

91 Points
Michael Potashnik, i-winereview.com, Jul 6, 2010

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Condado de Haza (2006) - "This dark ruby colored Spanish wine opens with a very attractive red cherry and wintergreen like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black currant with notes of red raspberry and a touch of old oak and dried cranberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are nicely prolonged. This wine is very approachable and food friendly."

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Oct 1, 2009

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Condado de Haza (2006) - "Appealing earthy and gamy notes frame a core of black cherry fruit in this firm, slightly rustic red, which has a solid structure and juicy acidity."

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Sep 30, 2009

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Condado de Haza (2005) - "This red packs a lot of flavor on a supple frame. Black cherry, blackberry, smoke, mineral and espresso notes show focus and depth, backed by firm but well-integrated tannins that dissolve on a finely etched, floral-scented finish. Drink now through 2018."

93 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Oct 1, 2008

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Condado de Haza (2005) - "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."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 29, 2008

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Condado de Haza (2005) - "Ripe, rich dark cherry, earth, with subtle spice aromas. Tart, straightforward palate of tangerine rind and black cherry; grippy dry tannins on the finish. Aged 18 months in American oak and bottle aged an additional six months."

3 stars
San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 15, 2008

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Condado de Haza (2004) - "The 2004 Condado de Haza is dark ruby opaque in color and offers aromas of dense blackberry fruit with notes of spice, cedar and meat. On the palate it exhibits highly concentrated blackberry fruit with a big structure and lots of tannins. This is probably the best Condado de Haza in years but requires patience to enjoy fully. It is a wine of great power and concentrated black fruit. "

92 Points
i-winereview.com, Aug 31, 2007

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Condado de Haza (2004) - "Condado de Haza is another Alejandro Fernandez (of Pesquera fame) property also located in Ribera del Duero. Like all of his estates, the wines are produced from 100% Tempranillo. The first vintage here was in 1993. The brilliant 2004 Condado de Haza received malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 15 months in American oak. 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. "

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Condado de Haza (2004) - "Ruby-red. Toasty, warm scents of plum, candied cherry and licorice, with a suggestion of roasted coffee. Plush, round and almost sweet in its display of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit. Finishes with silky tannins, a repeating note of strawberry and very good length. "

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Condado de Haza (2004) - "This firm red offers plum and black cherry flavors, with vanilla and light herbal accents, backed by solid tannins. Has good freshness and focus. Drink now through 2014. "

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 1, 2007

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Condado de Haza (2004) - "This indigo ink colored wine opens with an appealing cherry bouquet with hints of mint and black licorice. On the palate, this charming wine is smooth, very easy to drink, and has moderate and controlled black fruit and dried cranberry flavors. This wine is dry and has fine tannins and persists for quite some time on the finish. It is not the most complex wine, but it is really tasty and would pair very well with meatloaf or grilled steak tips. Enjoy."


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, Sep 1, 2007

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Condado de Haza (2003) - "Bright ruby-red. Superripe but fresh aromas of black cherry and exotic dried red fruits. Supple, suave and fairly deep, with generous flavors of dark cherry, currant and raspberry confit; jammy but not stewy. In the very ripe style of this hot year without losing its balance. Finishes with thoroughly ripe, smooth tannins"

90 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2005

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Condado de Haza (2002) - "Big and round, with color and a bouquet of rubber, leather, chocolate, and berries. Plump and smoky on the palate... solid flavor and plenty of clout."

87 Points
Michael Shachner, Wine Enthusiast, Sep 30, 2005

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Condado de Haza (2001) - "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."

92 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2003

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Condado de Haza (2001) - "Exhibits a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a rich perfume of graphite intermixed with blackberries, black currents, and flowers. Full-bodied, elegant, rich, and pure, with loads of fruit, abundant glycerin, and a long, concentrated finish, it is still unevolved and primary, but reveals tremendous potential."

91 Points
Wine Advocate, Apr 26, 2004

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Condado de Haza (2000) - "Exhibits a similar color [to 2001], medium to full body, excellent ripeness as well as sweetness, and abundant amount so black cherry and currant flavors. Its aging in American oak is apparent in the mocha, espresso, coconut, and licorice characteristics. "

89 Points
Robert M. Parker, Wine Advocate, Apr 26, 2004

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BODEGAS CONDADO DE HAZA WINERY INFO

Overview: In 1987, Alejandro Fernández spied a neglected slope along the Duero River that promised to be among the most ideal vineyard sites in the region. Five hundred acres are situated on a contiguous southfacing slope, the predominantly-clay soils resulting in a forward and satisfying style.

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History: In 1972, Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera of Pesquera de Duero initiated the renaissance of Spain's Ribera del Duero appellation with the area's first modern wire-trained vineyard, their Viña Alta in Pesquera. In the mid-1980s as Tinto Pesquera was assuming its place among the most intriguing and powerful icons in the world of wine, Alejandro spied a neglected slope along the Duero River which had the appearance of being the most ideal vineyard site in the region, perhaps in all Spain: One full kilometer of southfacing mountain slope leading right to the river's edge. Ideal soils in the full range preferred by the Tempranillo variety, from gravel to clay with a chalky base, suggested the potential for a multitude of styles from this difficult grape, essential for creating the desired complexity and balance.

Abandoned for years, the slope consisted of hundreds of small parcels with separate and stubborn ownership. Three years of continuous negotiation beginning in late 1986 resulted in the first planting of just over 100 acres in 1989. Today the contiguous estate includes over 500 acres of prime Tempranillo vines. Encompassed within the historic county of the hilltop village Haza high above the opposite bank of the Duero, the estate was christened Condado de Haza.

While small amounts of an excellent 1993 were produced from Condado de Haza grapes, the great and ripe 1994 was the first vintage for shipment to the international market. Both 1993 and 1994 were fermented and pressed in the old bodega at Pesquera de Duero, then transferred to the barrel rooms on the new estate for aging and bottling. In 1995, the grapes were received and processed on the estate, all vintages thenceforth to remain on the property, from growing and harvesting to fermenting, aging and bottling, until the final shipment to the market.

Condado de Haza reflects the bold and brilliant winemaking style of Alejandro Fernández, unrivaled master of Spain's Tempranillo variety. Bottled after malolactic fermentation and 15 months in American oak, like Tinto Pesquera it can be enjoyed early yet will reward patient cellaring.

Additionally, in great vintages a late harvest from the ripest portion of the vineyard is submitted to whole-cluster fermentation and 30 months' aging in new oak. This glorious and supremely ageworthy red wine is called Alenza (from ALEjandro and EsperaNZA).

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