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