This is the story of a recovery. In 2014 Muriel Wines acquired the Conde de los Andes brand, buildings and old vintages stock. It was an operation fostered by the dream of rescuing one of the most historical names and places in Rioja. After two years of efforts, Muriel Wines has finally launched the renewed Conde de los Andes wine range; and has re-opened the large and spectacular underground cellar caves of the winery, a masterpiece of traditional wine architecture. Conde de los Andes is the place to breath the genuine spirit of ancestral wine culture.
Appealing modern-leaning aromas of root beer, berry fruits and vanilla settle with airing and turn more mellow and traditional for Rioja. Slightly plush on the palate, especially given 2013's cool nature, this is balanced despite showing raw tannins. Toasty blackened flavors of baked berry fruits, chocolate and licorice finish long, toasty and peppery. Drink through 2025?2028.?MICHAEL SCHACHNER