James Suckling 93
A firm and silky wine with bright acidity and ripe fruit. Very linear and balance. A wine that makes you want to drink. Tempranillo with 10% garnacha.
Wine Advocate 90
"Different from the rest of the reds from the portfolio, the 2013 Predicador is perhaps showing the difficulties of the vintage with an Atlantic profile and some herbal notes that for a minute transported me to Bordeaux. The Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes fermented in small oak vats and matured in French barriques and resulted in a creamy wine with juicy fruit and very good integration of the wood. It is tasty, supple, approachable and has a good finish."
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Bodega Contador began in 1995 when Benjamin Romeo, winemaker and grower, acquired a centuries-old cave carved into the rock beneath the Castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, located at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range in La Rioja Alta, west of Rioja Álava. In 1996, Benjamin made the first vintage of his "La Cueva del Contador" wine and started to buy vineyards for his plan to become a "bodeguero"--a wine producer. Benjamin was the winemaker at Aratadi from 1985 to 2000, where he was able to apply his skill and continue to hone his craft. In 1999, he made the first vintage of "Contador" from vineyards he acquired.
In 2000, after seeing these first wines favorably received by the market and press, Benjamin dedicated himself full time to his personal project. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded 100 points to the 2004 and 2005 vintages of Contador made in his parents' garage.
In collaboration with the architect Hector Herrera, Benjamin designed and opened a new winery in June 2008, to coincide with the summer solstice. The three floors or terraces mirror the original slopes of the site where it is located, enabling both fruit and wine to be moved by gravity.