Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2015
|Region||Spain, Castilla y Leon, Sardon del Duero|
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This is our best-known wine worldwide. Produced from a selection of the best grapes from each of our vineyards, it combines the richness of a Tempranillo and the elegance of a Cabernet Sauvignon with the strength of a Syrah. Dark red colour with a clean, complex and fresh nose. On the palate, it has an intense fruity touch, mainly of red fruits. Aged 16 months in French and American oak barrels, the wood infuses notes of cedar, pastry and dark roasting. It attacks the palate politely but firmly. In 2005, Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2001 received the award at the International Wine Challenge in London as the world's best red wine. This is a very well-balanced wine, harmonious, with a rich bouquet and incredible expressiveness. Worthy fruit of the vine and of a job well done.
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.
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. This is produced in great volume, as 399,000 bottles, 21,500 magnums and 900 double magnums were produced, which is remarkable for the quality.