2015 Abadia Retuerta Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y León Selección Especial Sardon de Duero, Spain

2015 Abadia Retuerta Viño de la Tierra de Castilla y León Selección Especial Sardon de Duero, Spain

$37.50 $32.95

Description

Sourced from the winery’s finest estate grapes, the “Special Selection” is Abadia Retuerta’s most famous wine and has been named to Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 list 3 times.  This is a perfectly balanced blend of 66% Tempranillo, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 2% Merlot.  One of the greatest wine values in the world.  Truth be told, the wine is a blend from the “leftovers” of Abadia Retuerta’s expensive and coveted, singular varietal wines.

“The black-cherry, warm-earth and delicate, smoky notes on the nose make this enticing. On the palate, there’s great balance between ripe and dry notes, the generous tannins polished and already well integrated. Long, silky and subtle finish. Drink or hold.” – 94 points, James Suckling

“Rich and dense, this red shows a brooding character, with woodsy and loamy earth notes framing a core of currant and tar. Muscular tannins are well-integrated, and juicy acidity keeps this lively. Harmonious. Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now through 2030. 30,000 cases made, 5,000 cases imported”. — 93 points, Wine Spectator

“The value among the reds is the 2015 Selección Especial, a blend of 66% Tempranillo, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah and 2% Merlot, a blend decided through blind tastings, with fruit from the different plots of vineyard in the estate. It opened up spectacularly as it sat in the glass; it took some time to get focused, and some early lactic notes disappeared to give way to ripe fruit without excess, licorice and even a floral touch. It’s nicely crafted and balanced, combining power and elegance. It kept developing and unfurling nice aromas as it sat in the glass, tangerine peel, tonka beans, sweet spices… Great complexity for the price.” – 92 points, Robert Parker/Wine Advocate (LG)

“Dark red color with a clean, complex and fresh nose. On the palate, it has an intense fruity touch, mainly of red fruits. Aged in French and American oak barrels, the wood infuses notes of cedar, pastry and dark roasting. It attacks the palate politely but firmly.” – Winemaker’s notes

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