2005 Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero Crianza

01192009This may be hitting the blog a bit late, but I’ve had a bunch of this wine over the last few months and have to get it up here. I even have to say that it was actually a bit of a mistake that this didn’t make my top wines of 2008 list. It should have been on there. It’s a kick-ass wine that I love. I just forgot to include it. It happens.

OK, wow. Every time I open a bottle of this wine, I wish I had 6 more to replace it. It’s just that good. There’s so much going on – dark cherry, blackberry, smoke, mineral, violets and coffee. All of these hit both the nose and the long-lasting, mineral-edged finish. It’s a smokin’ bottle of Tempranillo juice. The Wine Dictator gave it 93 points and rated it the #34 wine of 2008.

If you can find it, it’s also really worth buying a few to sit down for a while to see how it evolves with some age. I’m sure it will more than hold its own for years to come.

$31.99 at LDB stores here in BC (if you can find it).

4 1/2 stars

8 comments
  • http://winecase.wordpress.com Remy

    Total agreement, there. I've always liked Condado de Haza, a very consistent, solid wine, from year to year. Lots of stuffing, with that very tasty, Spanish use of wood, and great level of complexity.

    Funny enough, I too tend to forget about it, between enthusiastic tastings. Can't figure why. It's like a friend you only see every couple of years, and then wonder why you don't see each other more often.

  • http://www.vinifico.com vinifico

    Thanks for the feedback. Yep, I love this wine. I've made a mental note to search out a few more bottles.

  • http://just-grapes.blogspot.com Shea

    I think it's sold out. Luckily I got a couple bottles before that happened. I also quite like the Pesquera made by the same dude. This is actually one of those wines that seems to be priced equivalently with a lot of stores down here in the US. So, it's a good buy in Vancouver from where I stand.

  • http://www.vinifico.com vinifico

    Yeah, I see it has disappeared off http://www.bcliquorstores.com. Oh well, I had my share.

  • Brooks

    Just had the 04 Pesquera Reserva today.
    Very good . Needs a little lay down time though to expose it's true character and tame the tannins. Big bold ripe black cherries, shoe leather, old oak and vanilla all gripping in the mouth for minutes after each sip.
    Would love to try the Haza next time if it makes another appearance on local shelves.

  • http://www.vinifico.com vinifico

    Yum Pesquera is great. You really have to give this wine a try. Much more approachable at an earlier age than the Pesquera, but complex and incredible.

  • Brooks

    Just had the 04 Pesquera Reserva today.
    Very good . Needs a little lay down time though to expose it's true character and tame the tannins. Big bold ripe black cherries, shoe leather, old oak and vanilla all gripping in the mouth for minutes after each sip.
    Would love to try the Haza next time if it makes another appearance on local shelves.

  • http://www.vinifico.com vinifico

    Yum Pesquera is great. You really have to give this wine a try. Much more approachable at an earlier age than the Pesquera, but complex and incredible.