2007 Benjamin Romeo Carmen Gran Reserva
2007 Benjamin Romeo Carmen Gran Reserva Opaque ruby 2007 wine. Exotically perfumed scents of dark fruit preserves, potpourri, mocha and woodsmoke. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and a touch of candied lavender. Dusty tannins come up late and add shape to the long, sweet, smoky finish. (97% tempranillo, the rest mazuelo, graciano and garnacha; aged in older oak for 42 months)
Vinos de Benjamin Romeo
The Bodega Contador story starts in 1995 when Benjamin Romeo, winemaker and vine-grower, acquired a centuries old cave hewn into the rock beneath the Castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Rioja). In 1996 he made the first vintage of his “La Cueva del Contador” wine and started to buy vineyards for his plan to become a “bodeguero” – a wine producer.
In the following years he carried out small scale vinifications in the cave and continued to acquire vineyards. In 1999 he made the first vintage of “Contador”.
Seeing these first wines favourably received by the market and specialist press, in 2000 Benjamin decided to dedicate himself full time to his personal project.
The new winery (bodega) was opened on 21 June 2008, coinciding with the summer solstice. The building sits at the foot of the village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in the centre of the area where the various Bodega Contador vineyards are located.