“Aged like a fine red wine…”
That is a beautiful statement but one that rarely is practiced.
The reason is twofold. First, troche almost all wine purchased in the US is consumed within three days. Second, most wineries don’t make age-worthy wines anymore.
But some do — and Conde de Valdemar is one of them.
Based in Rioja, Conde de Valdemar helped pioneer the now traditional aging process of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. These titles are legal designations of how long the wines have been aged, in this case up to 43 years (see below).
Stop for a second. Think of what is waiting for you: a living, delightful, wonderfully tasty piece of history secreted away in a glass bottle. Another human being four decades ago labored to give you this gift (or, upon finishing your last bottle fifty years from now, re-read this little epistle). In our current age of constant electronic contact it’s worth stopping, pondering, and drinking one of wine’s greatest pleasures: the ability to age finely.
In order to make wines that can last over four decades you need two things. First, exceptional fruit that creates intensely alive and realized wine. Second, continuous reinvestment in the winery. In this day and age it would be considered business suicide to create a product that won’t return an investment for a single quarter of the fiscal year, let alone 10, 20, 30 or 40 years. Yet this is what Martinez Bujanda family, owners of Conde de Valdemar, have done and continue to do. For over a century they have farmed their own vineyards, continuously innovated in the winery, and aged their wines.
The results go beyond “great” wine. They are legendary.
We start with the Crianza. Some people, because this wine is “too cheap”, will pass right over this beauty. And that’s fine — it just leaves more for the rest of us.
The 2009 opens with the boisterous expression of young and pure Rioja: sweet red cherries, hints of sweet tobacco and mocha, hints of vanilla, sous bois, and tertiary aromas around its soft and silky edges. It has already been aged for 16 months in cask making it ripe with a powerful, meaty palate, fruit-driven finish, and smooth texture that is ready to drink now.
It’s powerful enough to enjoy as a cocktail, supple enough to pair with everything from fish to steak, and age-worthy enough to last your lifetime (see my comments below this offer). Buy a case so you can consume it within three days, three months, three years, or up to thirty years from now. You won’t regret it.
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