APPELATION: D.O. Ribera del Duero
VARIETALS: 100% Tempranillo
ABOUT THE WINE: The Fernández Rivera family has always been inspired by the great estates of Bordeaux. In 1987, they planted 180 hectares of Tempranillo along the Duero River in the province of Burgos, a northerly and colder part of Ribera del Duero. In true château style, Condado de Haza was built at the heart of the vineyards. A commitment to excellence backed by tradition was infused into everything when establishing Condado de Haza. Starting from scratch by boring into a hillside, the family built an aging room 30m below the vineyard. A 200m tunnel was excavated in order to create a chamber that would maintain the ideal natural temperature and humidity for cellaring wine. Only produced in the very best vintages, Alenza – a contraction of the names of Alejandro and Esperanza – is proclaimed as the most traditional of all the estates’ wines, being the only one going through traditional whole-cluster fermentation.
TASTING NOTES: Lots of body, well integrated acidity, well-rounded tannins providing volume and persistence on the palate. The licorice aromas are present on the aftertaste.