Conde de San Cristóbal 2008
12 to 14 months in American (Missouri), French (Haute Futâle) and Russian (Caucasus) oak barrels
International Wine Challenge, Silver Medal. Decanter World Wine Awards, Commended. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 91+ points.
Steve Miles Selection
This wine shows very ripe, almost overripe fruits throughout--black cherry, black plum, and black currant--but vanillin French oak holds it all in check. The wine is still rather closed and still evolving; strawberry and dried roses start to show after a while, along with blueberries and raisins. The finish is tannic and powerful; this needs time. Drink in the next five to ten years.
The grapes for our wines come from the vineyards surrounding our cellar that are located at 1,925 to 2,175 feet above the sea level. The age of vines varies between 14 and 30 years. Our estate is comprised from seven different types of soils: sandy-loam, limestone-loam, clay, loam with layers of marl, sandy-clay, chalky-clay, and river alluvial soils. During the harvest, the hand-picked grapes reach the winery within 40 minutes where they are carefully classified on the selection table.
About the Winery
The Conde de San Cristóbal winery was built between 2003 and 2006. The cellar and the approximately 200 acres of vineyards are hidden in the beautiful valleys of Ribera del Duero on the Pago de Valdestremo estate, and the winery produces a limited quantity of high-quality red wine. This estate was carefully chosen by the engineers, enologists, and the owners of Grupo Vinicola Marques de Vargas for its breathtaking environment and outstanding conditions for the grape growing. The winery supports the concept and practice of sustainable grape growing; no herbicides and pesticides are used in the vineyards. The fashionable cellar, furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and carefully situated in a wild landscape, represents a fresh, creative, and innovative approach to winemaking, offering freedom and flexibility and resulting in inimitable, modern wines with strong personality.