Abadia Retuerta Rivola 2002
A Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo blend that is extracted, rich, and ripe with mint, plum, black olive and sage flavors. Complex and unusual.
"The dense ruby/purple-colored 2001 Rivola is a 10,000-case cuvee of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 10 months in French and American oak, and bottled unfiltered. This amazingly concentrated wine could easily pass for a classified growth Bordeaux from a top vintage. It is deep and rich, with copious quantities of black currants, licorice, new saddle leather, earth, spice box, and hints of smoke. This medium to full-bodied, muscular red should drink well for 8-10 years. It is amazing stuff for the price!"
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Bright red-ruby color. Aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, mint and baking spices. Supple and smooth but bright, with dark berry flavors complemented by a hint of dark chocolate. softer anbd more fruit-driven than the 2001. - Wine Spectator
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.