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2005 Benjamin Romeo - La Cueva del Contador Tempranillo - Spain - Rioja - Red

Spain - Rioja

Red Tempranillo
IWC 95
WA 97
WS 88
Drink Dates
WA: 2018-2035 WS: 2008-2010
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750ml $109.95

IWC 95
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 140

($116) Deep ruby. Strikingly complex nose evokes blackberry, cassis, cherry compote, candied licorice, vanilla and incense. Juicy dark berry preserve flavors stain the palate and are enlivened by suave minerality. Fine-grained tannins help to focus the luscious dark fruits, which don't let up on the finish. A massive, deeply concentrated wine that manages to be balanced and fresh. Finishes with outstanding clarity and thrust. There are just 200 bottles for the U.S. market.

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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 175
Drink Dates 2018-2035

The 2005 La Cueva del Contador (the second wine of Contador - determination based on tasting the grapes) is barrel-fermented in new oak followed by 12 months aging in barrique. Purple in color, it has an other-worldly perfume of smoky new oak, crushed stone, truffle, espresso, and assorted black fruits. This leads to an opulent wine with gobs of sweet fruit, incipient complexity, superb richness and texture, and a very long, pure finish. It will continue to add complexity in the cellar for 8-10 years and should perform optimally between 2018 and 2035.

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WS 88
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008-2010

This fruit-forward, plush, modern red offers blackberry and dark chocolate flavors, with just enough tannin for grip. It's balanced and fresh.

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Author Vinocholic
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.55%
Tasted On 11/10/2009
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