Conde de los Andes Tempranillo Historica 2004, Rioja DOCa, Spain

Conde de los Andes is the name of the one of the most famous wineries & cellars in the Rioja region. It was bought in 2014 by the Murua family (Bodegas Muriel), who has lovingly restored the cellars to their former glory & has preserved the more than 400,000 white & red bottles that are the winery’s legacy, with a few dating back to 1892. The grapes for this wine come from a number of small plots near the Rioja Alta villages of Ollauri and Haro, where the vines are an average of over 30 years old and grown in clay-limestone soil. The wine undergoes 25 days of fermentation in stainless steel vats, & then matures in French and American oak barrels for 20-24 months, plus a very prolonged time in the bottle of more than 12 years.