Carmen, named after and dedicated to Benjamin’s mother, is a special wine created to unite the longstanding family tradition of winemaking with modernity. This wine is different from all other Contador wines in style and unrivaled elegance. Carmen is composed of 82 percent Tempranillo, 10 percent Garnacha, 4 percent Graciano and 4 percent Mazuelo sourced from six different plots yielding less than .5 kg per vine in from Calcer Atxalde, Valseca, Ariaisabel, Pangua, El Sauco and La Nava (2,000 feet) within San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Briones and Labastida. The wine is free-run juice fermented in conditioned 2,000- and 1,000-L barrels and then aged twenty-four months in new French oak and then aged for thirty-six months in bottle before release. The wine is fined, but not filtered.
Stunning aromatics of sage, dried cranberry, cedar and vanilla unfold as the wine opens in your glass. The silky red fruit gives was to flavors of toffee and baked cherry pie with a Graham cracker crust on the palate, finishing with integrated silty tannin.