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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2003
Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2003
(search item no. 89833)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The estate of Abadía Retuerta lies just outside the Ribera del Duero D.O. in the province of Castilla y León, in the heart of an expanse of wine estates known as "the golden mile," an area parallelling the banks of the Duero River so named for its history of producing some of Spain's most acclaimed wines.

Selección Especial is dense ruby-garnet in color, with a subtle, complex nose of ripe red berry and wild black cherries offset by notes of violet, menthol, spice and vanilla. Silky, ripe red fruits and hints of spice and mint predominate on the palate, with a full, harmonious balance underscored by refined tannins. The finish is finely textured and lingering.

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About Abadia Retuerta:

The Abadía Retuerta Estate occupies over 700 hectares of terrain, and its name comes from the combination of two words that define and describe the territory: Rívula (river bank) and Torta (twisting, winding). Over 204 hectares of vineyards are spread out on hillsides ranging in altitude from a maximum 850 metres down to the southern bank of the Duero River. Most of the world's best varieties of soil are represented.

Designed by famous French enologist, Pascal Delbeck, in 1996, Abadía Retuerta winery is a surprising combination of tradition and modernity, recognized as one of the most advanced wineries in Europe. Currently, Angel Anocíbar Beloqui (PhD in Enology and Ampelography from the University of Bordeaux and International Wine Challenge 2005 Winemaker of the Year) coordinates the entire process, from the vine to the bottle.

Abadía Retuerta estate wines offer some very unique characteristics. They are full-colored wines, intense and aromatically clean, clearly structured, smooth to the palate and delicate in the development of their strength.