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Condado de Haza Crianza 2016

The best introduction to the wines made by Familia Fernández Rivera at Condado de Haza is its Crianza: a powerful, elegant, mellow wine with just the right application of oak. The prestigious American magazine Wine Spectator hailed Condado de Haza Crianza 2012 as the best Ribera del Duero wine and the second-best Spanish wine, placing it among the top 100 wines in the world.

WINERY: Condado de Haza
BRAND: Condado de Haza Crianza
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14%
VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo
TASTING NOTES
LOOK: Clear and shiny. Cherry-red colour with a violet rim.
SMELL: Intense on the nose with aromas of black fruits such as blackberries. Slight touch of liquorice with spicy notes from the ageing in American oak.
TASTE: Meaty wine with well-integrated acidity, highlighting rounded tannins that show good volume and persistence in the mouth. Aromas of liquorice can be appreciated in the aftertaste.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 12 ºC–14 ºC.
CONSUMPTION: Ready for drinking, it will continue to develop in the bottle. Decant 30 minutes before serving to oxygenate. It may contain sediments as it has not undergone any filtration process to get a more natural wine, but this does not affect the quality of the wine.
PAIRINGS: Ideal for roasted lamb, chuletillas al sarmiento (grilled lamb chops), oxtail, suckling pig and hard cheeses.
VINEYARD AND PRODUCTION
DESCRIPTION: The winery’s own vineyards located within the municipal boundaries of Roa and La Horra, at an altitude of more than 811 metres.
SURFACE AREA: 164 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards.
SOIL: Sandy loam.
climaTE: Continental Atlantic, dry and windy, with very harsh, long and cold winters and short, dry and hot summers. An area with an annual rainfall of 400 mm, with two clearly differentiated areas.
HARVEST: A year that was warmer than usual. The first frosts did not arrive until November and December. Using these months as a reference, it can be said that winter temperatures were warmer. The beginning of spring came with cooler temperatures than normal. Nevertheless, bud break took place as normal. The average temperature since June was quite high, reaching normal ranges in August. The harvest took place in September.
AGEING: Aged 18 months in American oak barrels and 6 months in the bottle.