What does this wine taste like?
|Dark Picota cherry / Violet rim|
|Black fruit / Redcurrants / Liquorice / Vanilla / Spices / Smoky notes|
|Smoky / Well-integrated / Elegant|
Drinking and storing
Oven-cooked meats / Oxtail / Semi-cured cheeses / Roast suckling pig / Roast lamb
Ratings and awards
A good well priced red, but has had better vintages
Now, this is a historical favourite of mine, a go to cheaper red with some great quality. However, this latest vintage troubles me a little. It’s still a nice red, but it lacks so much of that extra effort that I appreciated with the older vintages. Linear, simple, just a bit of fruit and oak and call it a day. I’ve heard from others that the quality has gone down, and unfortunately I can only agree with them. I hope next vintage is better.
Smooth and velvety.
Deep purple red with violet hues. Aromas of fruits and flowers like roses, violets, blackberry and licorice. It is intense from the first round on top, gradually balsamic touches appears. Is smooth and velvety, with hints of dark fruit jam and a sweet body. Intense and with good acidity, it´s well balanced between grape maturity and freshness under tongue with smoky and spicy notes from the oak.
Perhaps I drank this wine too young, or should have given it time in the decanter, but whilst it was an ok mid-weight RdD it didn't really offer any great level of interest. I haven't had this wine for a number of years but remember enjoying the 2007 a lot more when I had a case of that.
Good value, but not what it once was
Years ago this was one of the best buys in all of Spain, with power and concentration in spades. The wine is no longer the same creature - it seems flat, and lacks clarity. Still it is decent and at under £10 still offers some value.
All of Fernandez's wines hit the button for me. This one probably would benefit from a few more years in bottle but already it has real class and elegance. I wish I could afford to drink it every day!
|Vine age||25 years|
Condado de Haza
In the mid 1980s, Alejandro Fernández came across a south-facing hillside, gently sloping down to the banks of the River Duero, that encompassed exactly the right conditions for growing some of the region's best Tempranillo vines, and producing complex, balanced wines that exemplified this grape variety's finest traits and nuances. It took three years of hard negotiating to acquire the various small plots on the hillside, but by 1989 the first 80 hectares had been planted,...