Benjamin Romeo

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.

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Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2014
91  Decanter 
Decanter 91Showing a distinctive oak aging, this wine is appealing in a classy, rhythmic way. The tobacco and tar approach is complemented by expressive black fruit and underpinned by punchy lemon acidity. Drinking Window 2017 - 2024
Item Number: 30783
Case: $446.70
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Benjamin Romeo Predicador Tinto 2013
93  James Suckling 
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
Item Number: 22787
Case: $323.40

Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2013
94  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 94 "There is no Contador and none of the other top wines were produced in 2013, only this cuvée and Predicador were bottled from that vintage. So the 2013 La Cueva del Contador got the best grapes they could produce in that challenging year. It is pure Tempranillo fermented in oak

Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2007
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2007 La Cueva del Contador is the second wine of Contador with final selection of the bunches based on taste. ML is in barrel and the wine is aged for 12 months in new French oak. Purple-colored, it displays a slightly reticent bouquet of smoke, mineral, Asian spices, violets,

Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2009
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "The 2009 La Cueva de Contador is sourced from declassified Contador fruit: pure Tempranillo cropped at 1.2kg per vine that is aged in new French oak for 18 months. Its name is derived from the ancient caves under San Vicente de la Sonsierra castle where the old cellar is located.

Benjamin Romeo El Predicador 2009
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "Benjamin Romeo has garnered a few perfect scores from The Wine Advocate in the past. His least expensive offering, the brilliant 2009 Predicador is a blend of 96% Tempranillo, 3% Garnacha and 1% Viura aged 16 months in one-year-old French barrels. It exhibits an opaque purple