Wine Spectator 92
WS TOP 100 2014 Rank 50
"This red shows a smooth texture that masks the firm structure, with well-integrated tannins and bright acidity supporting focused flavors of cherry, berry, mineral and loam. Balanced, graceful and deep. Tempranillo, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2025. 37,000 cases made. –TM"
" 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
16 Months in French and American oak barrels
Appelation Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León - Sardón de Duero
In an endeavour to establish Christianity in Castile during the Reconquest, the Count of Castile commissioned the construction of a series of convent-fortresses. As a result, in 1146, the Premonstratensian order built the monastery of Santa María de Retuerta in a beautiful enclave on the banks of the Duero River.
The monks of the order of Saint Norbert were given terras et vineas (land and vines) and the second abbot brought the first French grape varieties from Burgundy that were planted in the region. Since then, the land of this estate has been dedicated to the vine, to silence and to devotion.
Today, they confidently state that the three essential characteristics of the Medieval order: work, peace and hospitality, are still part of the spirit of Abadía Retuerta. The wines, are made from a careful selection of the best grapes in the vineyards and are a bold commitment to terroir driven wines.
Abadía Retuertas' philosophy is based on winemaking by plot. The composition of the soil of each of our 54 plots is different: clay by the riverbank, pebbles and sand on the slopes, gravel in the lower parts of the estate, and limestone on the higher ground … Therefore, each terroir contains only one grape variety, which is carefully selected to extract the best the land has to offer.The consulting winemaker is Pascal Delbeck of Château Ausone. " ~ Winery notes
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