2012 Benjamin Romeo Contador
eRobertParker.com # 218 (Apr 2015)
Drink 2016 - 2030
One of the best showings for this wine in years, the 2012 Contador has an intoxicating nose of violets, lilies, blueberries and black cherries, with great harmony, denoting superb elegance. The palate is silky, with world-class tannins and texture, focused, clean flavors, very good balance and gob-smacking power and elegance. A rare combination. This is truly other wordy. It has the balance, stuffing, acidity and minerality to have a long life in bottle, but its exuberant youth is difficult to resist. Unfortunately, wines like this come at a price. I tasted two bottles, and even though it's not as polished as the Carmen Gran Reserva, it was approachable. But it would clearly benefit from more time in bottle. A couple of weeks later, I was served it and didn't recognize the wine at all; I found it extremely oaky and extracted, and in fact I guessed it to be a Tempranillo from Toro, which was disturbing when the wine was revealed as I didn't identify it at all (not even Rioja!). It showed very differently. We all know different bottles and circumstances show very differently, so I thought this was relevant to be mentioned here, as it made me hesitate. They told me the day of that blind tasting was a root day, but still I'm adding a question mark to my score, which might ultimately bee too conservative. 5,900 bottles produced. I tasted an impressive portfolio of wines from Benjamín Romeo, one of the best I can remember, with Contador going back to the elegance and Chambolle-like purity that I remember from vintages like 2000, but cleaner and more focused. The more traditional Carmen shows how the modern and traditional styles can coexist and even converge. Bravo Benjamín!
99/100 Punkte – „Bester Wein“ im Guia Penin 2015.
Color cereza, borde granate. Aroma especias dulces, roble cremoso, fruta madura, tostado, mineral. Boca potente, frutoso, fruta madura, amargoso, buena acidez.
94/100 Punkte Antonio Galloni: Inky purple. Flamboyant dark berry liqueur aromas are accented by smoky Indian spices, rose, cola and woodsmoke. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, displaying potent blueberry and cherry compote flavors underscored and enlivened by zesty minerality and a hint of candied flowers. Gains sweetness and depth with air and finishes extremely long, with slow-building tannins and lingering spiciness.
Fachpressebewertungen JG 2011:
97/100 Punkte Falstaff:
Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte
Randaufhellung. Feine Nuancen von Edelholz, angenehme Röstwürze, zarte
balsamische Anklänge, schwarze Beeren, aber auch Noten von rotem
Waldbeerkonfit, mineralischer Touch, noch etwas verhalten. Stoffig, sehr
komplex, extraktsüßes Bukett, feste, bereits gut integrierte Tannine,
feiner Säurebogen, der für angenehme Frische sorgt, sehr gute Länge,
Nougat und Würze im Nachhall, noch sehr embryonal, ein echter Vin de
Garde, sollte mindestens noch drei Jahre lagern. Ein Rioja-Monument.
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