Condado De Haza Tinto 2003

Condado De Haza Tinto 2003

I've found that 2003 is an odd vintage, not just for Spain but a lot of Europe.  For a country that is known for bold wines full of fruit and tannin, the heat of 03 took things up a notch in Spain.  Thats not to say that the wines don't have balance, but from what I've seen so far they are full of concentrated fruit and primary, but very good.

I had a look the 02 of this wine not long ago and it is quite a complex little buggar.  At this stage the 03 is quite primary on the palate with great fruit and concentration.   The big question is will the wines show the complexity of 01 or 02 with a bit more bottle age?  I think this will come down to the individual producer and how they dealt with the conditions of the vintage.  In this case, I think it will come around to be an excelent wine with time. 

A core of deep red with a ruby edge, the wine opens up with great aromas of roast meat, dark cherry,  mulberry and thyme.  Great mouth feel on this one, full bodied, textured and well rounded.  Concentrated fruit jubes on the palate, black current and mulberry.  It closes out with a very long finish with some drying tannins.  While it's great now, a year or two in the cellar will do wonders.  90+ Pts.

Source: Boccaccio Cellars RRP: $33 Closure: Conventional Cork

Web: www.condadodehaza.com

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