Bodega Conde San Cristóbal Winery Ribera del Duero | Spanish Wine Lover
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Part of the group Marqués de Vargas, the winery is located in the vicinity of Peñafiel (Valladolid) and follows the same vino de pago (single estate wine) model than the other wineries in the company. Grapes are sourced from two vineyards in Ribera del Duero: Pago de Valdestremero, which faces north, and a higher altitude vineyard on a barren plain. The total surface covers 80 hectares which produce over 300,000 bottles a year.

Conde de San Cristóbal, the winery's flagship red (around €15 in Spain), is made from Tempranillo although it includes small amounts of Cabernet and Merlot which add complexity to the blend. Aging is done in French and American oak as well as Russian, a trademark of this group which pioneered its use in Spain from its Rioja winery. A new label, Conde de San Cristóbal Raíces Reserva (€25), has been recently launched. It comes from a plot that lies at 880 metres above sea level planted with 29-36 year-old vines. The blend includes Tempranillo and Merlot (10%) and it is aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. Production is limited to approximately 5,000 bottles.

TASTING NOTES

Conde de San Cristóbal 2011 Tinto
Conde de San Cristóbal Raíces Reserva 2010 Tinto