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Seleccin Especial is Abada Retuerta's reliable red blend produced in enough quantities to have good availability and with an approachable and easy-to-understand profile that reached great quality with the 2016 Seleccin Especial, from one of the best vintages in recent times in the region. It's 75 Tempranillo, 12 Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 Syrah, 3 Merlot and 1 Petit Verdot, a blend that can change with the conditions of the year, as it's decided by tasting the wines. If in the past this wine was quite oaky, this 2016 feels quite integrated and balanced, ripe and medium-bodied, with a soft and tender palate, round tannins and moderate influence from the levage of 13 months in French and American oak barrels. This comes from a cuve of 1,675 barrels that produced wine to fill 453,000 bottles, 22,500 magnums and 1,100 double magnums. The quality is awesome for the volume produced. It was bottled between mid-May and early July 2018.
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