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Professional Ratings: 98 The Wine Advocate, 94 International Wine Cellar
Region: Rioja, Spain
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 118953
Benjamin Romeo was the winemaker at the iconic Rioja winery Artadi. After 15 years there, he started Contador, his own personal project, also in the Rioja Alavesa. There he very quickly received international recognition when his 2004 vintage Contador Cuvee was awarded 100 points from The Wine Advocate. Benjamin Romeo's Contador is one of only two Spanish wines ever to receive consecutive 100 point ratings from Robert Parker. The only other wine to achieve a perfect rating is another Eric Solomon Selection, Clos Erasmus, made by Daphne Glorian. Benjamin Romeo's bodega (warehouse) is located at the foot of a clock tower, pictured on the label for Contador.
Contador 2008 is bright and deep garnet in color. Very ripe red and black fruit on the nose overlaid with mineral and herbal touches reminiscent of aromatic plants which live alongside the vines in our most select vineyards. Notes of high quality wood and dark burnt caramel. Full and smooth in the mouth at first. This is followed by a good level of tannin and a refined mouth-watering freshness. The finish is long and pleasant.
Blend: 86% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha
Age of Vines 60-100 years
The 2008 Contador, rapidly becoming one of Rioja’s benchmark wines, is composed of 86% Tempranillo and 14% Garnacha aged for 18 months in new French oak. It is a glass-coating opaque purple color with an exceptional bouquet of sandalwood exotic spices, lavender, incense, espresso, tapenade, and blackberry. Dense and mouth-coating, it deftly combines elegance and power in a structured wine that will easily achieve its 20th birthday and well beyond.
Benjamin Romeo's winemaking credentials include over 15 years as head winemaker at Bodegas Artadi, one of Rioja's greatest producers, and two 100 point scores for his 2004 and 2005 Contador
(86% tempranillo and 14% garnacha): Inky violet color. Powerful, brooding aromas of black and blue fruits, violet, dark chocolate and anise. Dense, chewy and sweet, with strong dark berry and cherry compote flavors and an exotic floral quality that gains strength with air. Shows serious concentration and extract and finishes sappy and very long. This big boy demands patience.