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Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial Sardon de Duero 2012

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Robust, captivating and sophisticated Tempranillo that was simply FANTASTIC.

Producer/Winery: Abadia Retuerta SA; Sardón de Duero – Valladolid, Spain.

Grape Variety: Tempranillo Blend – 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah.

Geographic Appellation: Castilla y Leon; Sardón de Duero, Spain.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $24,95

Purchased From: Woodland Hills Wine Company; Woodland Hills, California.

Paired With: Turkey meatloaf with brown glaze flavored with onion, garlic, and crushed red peppers, baked potato and roasted Brussels sprouts.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking. Opaque, inky dark garnet with a light purple rim. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas with hints of damp wood, wet Dalmatian and an interesting nutmeg spiciness that fills the background (some whiffs of alcohol on the first pour). Smooth, medium-body and a supple 600 grit texture. Fresh and juicy with a dry blackberry flavor that dramatically changed to tobacco, licorice and tar through the long finish. The wine had a unique dusty character from start to finish that reinforced the flavors, extended the finish and enhanced the firm tannins. Robust, captivating and sophisticated Tempranillo that was simply FANTASTIC.

Abadia Retuerta vineyard in the Duero Valley
Photo from Abadia Retuerta.

Comments: Learn more about Abadia Retuerta and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 14.5%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 6 49860 00152 1

Imported by: Europvin USA; Van Nuys, California.