Condado De Haza, 1999
Alejandro Fernández, of Condado De Haza, started planting Tempranillo on the hillside banks of the River Duero in the late 1980s. His vineyards are blessed with southern-facing slopes that ended in the river with different soils composed of gravel, clay and gypsum. The character of these vineyards allow for the creation of wines with interesting nuances that arises from the land and setting. Tonight we opened a bottle of this Ribera Del Duero, red wine, to enjoy with a Grilled Flank Steak. This Condada De Haza is made from 100% Tempranillo and is aged for 15 months in small oak barrels. We had this wine in our cellar for about 5 years. The color is a dark ruby with nice clarity. The nose is wild forest floor, mushrooms, green pepper and dried cherry. The mouth feel is smooth and round with flavors of sour cherries, mushrooms, citrus peel and spice. There are mouth filling tannins that have mellowed with age along with gripping acidity and a very long finish. These Condado De Haza wines are always muscular, complex and delicious. This wine will appeal to your average "old-world" wine junky. I recommend decanting these wines for at least 2 hours. Current vintages of this wine are available for about $23 at Pete's Wine Shop, in Bellevue. A nice wine worth cellaring.