2012 Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero

SKU #1256556 93 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* This rich red shows a deep core of plum, bramble and mineral, with notes of loam and game that impart a savory character. Solid tannins support a thick texture, while balsamic acidity keeps this balanced. Austere but harmonious. Drink now through 2024.  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

Alejandro Fernandez' Condado de Haza may be less famous than its sister winery, Pesquera, but it also produces terrific wines that are classically built Ribera del Dueros. These wines are made not to coat the palate with sweet oak and glycerine, but rather to age gracefully and accompany what is on your dinner table. This all-Tempranillo wine comes from vines originally planted in 1989 on an ideal, south-facing slope of calcareous clay soil, with some gravelly sections as well as a vineyard slope downward towards the Duero river. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer)

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By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2016 | Send Email
I love that this is 20 bucks and proud to be built like a brick house. I've slowly followed a half case of the 2005 vintage, and looking at my personal notes I really patted myself on the back for buying them at the eight year mark. Those 2005s are still fresh and improving. The 2012 is a great vintage for the estate and there is plenty of promise to glimpse in this firm and concentrated wine. Enjoy a chewy drink now and see where it goes. But pat yourself on the back in a few years for buying this underrated gem. There's a lot of substance, purity, and terroir here. A serious and even elegant wine that will drink far above its price level.
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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Does it get any more Spanish than the 100% Tempranillo from Condado de Haza? To answer my own rhetorical question, I would have to say that, nope, it probably doesn't! Structured dark fruit, nicely ripe, with hints of macerated blackberries, baking spices and leather are all nicely integrated and framed by impressive tannins. I'm glad I returned to this wine on day two, at which point the fruit fleshed out even more and the wine had become more expansive on the palate, all without sacrificing its leathery and mineral driven notes. This is a textbook mid-term cellar (7-8 years) proposition, tasty now and bound to improve in the bottle. A tried and true classic for the Spanish portion of your collection.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2016 | Send Email
Fans of traditional Spanish wines, or wines that are not overtly fruity in character, the Condado de Haza is for you. This bold, earthy red delivers tart black cherry, black plum, leather and wild game character. The wine is full-bodied, offering medium balancing acidity and concludes with a spicy toast note. This is a well-balanced Ribera del Duero with plenty of character.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
From the genius of Alejandro Fernandez comes yet another Iberian beauty. A deep and savory Tempranillo with a blood edge and bold dark fruit with intensity and length and wonderfully integrated dusty tannin. Interwoven mineral and licorice root with black spice noted buried within. Just fantastic!
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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
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Ribera del Duero