Behind the Cork™ - Wine of the Week

2013 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial ($30)

Abadia Retuerta first started producing wines in Spain in 1996. The winery and surrounding vineyards are on the former site of the 12th century Santa Maria de Retuerta Monastery in Sardón de Duero. This land is just west of "The Golden Mile," a privileged strip of land where some of the most illustrious wineries reside. This relatively new winery has quickly forged a reputation for balancing the legacy of its surrounding, the monastery and its wine with innovative vineyard and winery practices.

This Selectión Especial (Special Selection) wine is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% of Syrah, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

Out of the bottle, one might expect a big, full-bodied wine from its dark ruby color and full bouquet. But, true to it Tempranillo base, it has many red fruit flavors such as cherry and strawberry, along with a bit of black fruit flavors of fig and raisin. This is complemented by a touch of leather and tobacco from its 13 months in French and American oak barrels.

This Spanish wine worth seeking out. By the glass or with a meal, its one you will enjoy.

Disclosure of Wine Sample Submission:  I received this wine at no cost for review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Sample Provided by Donna White Communications