Predicador 2019 · Buy it for £25.60 at Vinissimus
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production70,000 - 90,000 bottles

The wine

Benjamín Romeo is above all a vine grower. So we shouldn't be surprised either that his wines are essentially fruit-driven. They have a special elegance and refinement, but their fruitiness always stands out. For Predicador, he dedicates the grapes of the estate's youngest vine, capable of achieving the concentration and balance that will characterise this wine. Predicador is a polished grape extract, with all the richness and complexity of a thoroughly fine wine. But Benjamín Romeo is also a winemaker and a very meticulous, exacting man; obviously, the work done in the winery is no less important and we can appreciate that in the wine’s perceptible smoothness, in those velvety tannins underpinning that fresh fruit. A powerful but accessible Rioja, created to reach the general consumer.

What does this wine taste like?

Predicador is a red with a bright, intense colour, which smells of fruit and earth, but also of balsamic notes, menthol and wild herbs; that feeling of being deeply rooted to the earth which is palpable all the way through. This is a concentrated, mature, fresh and complex wine, with a certain minerality (stones), some subtle caramelised sugar notes, liquorice, spices (cloves) and the scent of red roses, and plenty of volume.

Drinking and storing

Decant it at least an hour beforehand, especially while still young, and you will get full enjoyment from this vibrant wine.

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
verduras-y-hortalizas
Vegetables
cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles
arroces
Rice
carnes-rojas
Red meat

Ratings and awards

201791 PK
201693 PK
201593 PK
201492 PK
201390 PK92 PN
201293 PN
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The red blend 2017 Predicador is Tempranillo with 2% each Graciano and Mazuelo. It is very open and shows ripe aromas, revealing a Mediterranean profile of red and black fruit and plenty of aromatic herbs. The palate shows more serious, powerful with grainy tannins and a long, dry finish. This is very good but pales when tasted next to the rest of the range. The wines regularly hit 15% alcohol, but here it's somehow more noticeable. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in new French barriques for 17 months, but it's not particularly oaky. 65,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 91 PARKER

Customer reviews

3.9/5
19 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

The wine mellows in French oak barrels, though not new ones, as they have held one wine; balance between fruit and oak every time.

Ageing period17 months
Barrel ageNew and second year
Type of woodFrench oak
Clarification and filtrationNot clarified / Soft filtering before bottling

Vineyards

The grapes come from vineyards planted with bush vines in various plots such as San Pelayo, La Canoca, Sacramento, Burdarán, San Francisco, San Pablo, Raicilla, Briones, Guiasol, Bodega, La Arena, La Rada, El Hoyo, El Espino, La Liende, Las Llanas, Paulejas, Murmurón, Bardallo and Pangua, all lying within the municipalities of San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Briones.

Vine ageBetween 20 and 35 years
SoilCalcareous-clay

The winery

Bodega Contador

Bodega Contador

Love of the land, respect for deep-rooted traditions, excellent judgement… and passion, lots of passion. Bodega Contador is the very personal commitment that Benjamín Romeo has made to the lands of La Rioja, a young vine grower with an innovative spirit, very well-versed in French and Spanish oenology, and with considerable experience behind him. Involved in the whole process of making his wines (from pruning to designing the labels, and choosing the oak wood used in making...

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