Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2009

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain

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Item No. 124113
  • red wine
  • W&S91
  • RP90
  • ST90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Excellent depth of color, reflecting the wine's young age. It is a garnet, black cherry hue. The aromas are find and clean. Jammy black fruits on the nose (wild blackberries, plums, morello cherries, strawberries, raspberries). Very mineral and balsamic, typical of the Duero terroir, with floral hints (violets and lilacs). Very spicy, revealing notes of nutmeg and subtle hints of cloves and bay leaf, with touches of chocolate, toffee and licorice coming through in the background. A firm mouth-feel, fresh, savory and balanced. Elegant tannins, superb length and a lingering finish enhance the wine's great individual character, without taking away any of its harmony.

Blend: 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

"Sard'n del Duero is just outside Ribera del Duero, where Abadia Retuerta's wines share the same power and ripeness of the neighboring appellation. This wine's notes of figs and chestnuts merge with flavors of blackberries in liqueur. The powerful tannic structure carries that formidable weight like the pillars of a bridge."
91 Points

"These are impressive wines, although in terms of value for money, I would head straight to the 2009 Seleccion Especial, a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. It has a rounded, iodine-tinged bouquet with great purity and panache, the oak seamlessly integrated with scents of black coffee developing over time. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy texture, crisp acidity and very fine tannins. It has a velvety, caressing texture with blackberry, cassis and espresso towards the precise, supple finish. This is an accomplished, flavor-packed wine..."
90 Points

"ep ruby. Aromas and flavors of cherry compote, vanilla, mocha and tar, with smoke and floral overtones. Lush and open-knit, finishing with punch and pliant tannins. This wine is approachable now, with a little air."
90 Points

Learn About Abadia Retuerta Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Ribera del Duero

(rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh) Only a DO since 1982, Ribera del Duero has been making wine for centuries, and some of the bodegas there have been family run for generations. Of course, the most famous wine of the region is Vega Sicilia, possibly the most expensive and sought-after wine in Spain. Notable Facts The wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red - white wines here are...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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