98 Pt. Ribera del Duero J.C. Conde Neo Punta Esencia 2004

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From one of the oldest internationally regarded regions in Spain hails a winery of youthful prodigies who are shaking up the establishment and making unbeatable wine. The dichotomy of upfront freshness and bottomless concentration is staggering to behold, and means exciting flavors now as well as new expression for decades to come. Universal acclaim speaks for itself, but we'll throw in our opinion too: this is Ribera del Duero par excellence and a must have for any serious Spanish wine collector.
98 Points - Wine Advocate!
"The 2004 Neo Punta Esencia has nearly as much power as the 2005 but with glossier fruit, a plush personality, and considerable elegance. Give it 6-8 years and it will reward you with a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2034."
95 Points - WTSO Members!

Wine Ratings

98 - Wine Advocate!
94 - I-Wine Review!
92 - Vinous Media!


Unit Size750.00 ML
RegionCastilla Leon
Alcohol Content14.00%

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Bodegas J.C. Conde Neo Punta Esencia Ribera del Duero 2004
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2004 Bodegas J C Conde Neo Punta Esencia
A Tempranillo Dry Red Table wine from Spain, Ribera Del Duero, Castilla Leon, Spain
Review by Jay S Miller
Wine Advocate # 189 (Jun 2010)
Rating: 98
Drink 2016 - 2034
The 2004 Neo Punta Esencia has nearly as much power as the 2005 but with glossier fruit, a plush personality, and considerable elegance. Give it 6-8 years and it will reward you with a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2034. Bodegas Neo consists of a bunch of young guys having the time of their lives. They seem to be making wine everywhere (Rueda, Priorat, Bierzo, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero), as well as designing wine labels, recording music videos, and generally partying. But when it comes down to their top two wines, they are deadly serious. On my visit in May, 2010, I was shown verticals of Neo and Neo Punta Esencia. Neo is sourced from 50- to 60-year-old Tempranillo vines and typically aged in French and American oak for 15 months before bottling without fining or filtration. Neo Punta Esencia is made only in the better years. It is sourced from a single, 80-year-old vineyard producing tiny yields. It receives the “200% new oak” treatment. Importer: Aurelio Cabastrero, Grapes of Spain, Lorton, VA; tel. (571) 642-0343
By International Wine Review
Bodegas J.C. Conde 2004 Neo Punta Escencia
Rating: 94
Producer: Bodegas J.C. Conde
Region: Ribera del Duero
Price: $90
Report: Report 8: The Wines of Ribera del Duero
This alluring beauty has a youthful dark purple ruby core with dark fruits, a dense complex nose. It offers a soft attack, great concentration and mouth feel with meaty, earthy flavors. It is very extracted with massive tannins, that are ripe, but need 2-4 years of cellaring. Importer: Aurelio Cabestrero Wines of Spain, (Lorton, VA) www.winesofspain.com
By Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media
Bodegas J.C. Conde 2004 Neo Punta Esencia Ribera Del Duero
Points: 92
Region: Ribera Del Duero
Country: Spain
Grape Variety: Other red varietal
Release Price: $90.00 
Saturated violet. Superripe, youthful, powerful nose features gorgeous aromas of cherry, blackberry, espresso, licorice and spice box. Deep, thick and brooding, with imploded dark fruit flavors strongly accented by anise, graphite and black tea, plus a subtle note of vanilla. Broad, firm tannins frame the long, succulent finish. This should evolve well in bottle. Josh Raynolds, September 2006
By Bodegas J.C. Conde 
Neo Punta Esencia 2004
Technical Details
Qualification: Excellent
Variety: Tinta del pais 100% (Tempranillo-type grape)
Type of Vineyard: Grapes purchased from La Horra vineyards, from estates 50 to 60 years old. Work on the vines monitored throughout the year, and production limited to 1500 kg per hectare.
Training Method: Training according to the traditional goblet method.
Grape Harvest: By hand in 16 kg crates in the fourth week of September, transported to the wines cellars in 3000 kg trailer-loads.
Maceration: 22 days with the temperature controlled by water-showers.
Ageing: 22 months in new French barrels
Type of Toasting: Medium plus
Quantity of Vintage: 4200 numbered bottles.
Filtering or Clarifying: No processes of filtering or clarifying which can give rise to slight precipitations at a later date.
Head Oenologist: Isaac Fernandez Montana
Winemaker, Isaac Fernández Montaña 
Isaac Fernández Montaña has established himself over these last five years in the role we all attributed to him, that of an expert oenologist. Almost anyone is capable of making wine, but only a few can give their creations personality. For Isaac, his wines are like his children - he gives them the best of himself, and still maintains the freshness of a young man who has just started out on his life's path. We have a new winery in the district of Castrillo de la Vega which will house the coming dreams and wines of Neo - it is a wine cellar we had dreamed of: comfortable, modern, different. You know already of our love of music, and we have allowed ourselves a little gap for our house to be the only one in the world which includes a music recording studio. We open our doors and our arms to receive you; you will be most welcome.
Vineyard Notes
We continue to work with the best viticulturists from Ribera del Duero, we still obtain the best grapes from vineyards older than 50 years, which are subjected to an exhaustive quality control system and quantity monitoring through the course of the year. Only in this way can we obtain the necessary raw materials to make Neo. Our vines in the Estate of Cabarroso work better every day, and are already incorporated in the production of some of our wines. This year, we have acquired a new vineyard, which, for your interest, we will tell you is the highest in Aranda de Duero, with an approximate age of some 70 years; one more step towards attaining our goal: having the very best grapes.
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