Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2012
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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) in Duero Valley and the second abbot brought the first French grape varieties from Burgundy that were planted in this now famous Spain wine region. Since then, the land of the Abadia Retuerta estate has been dedicated to the vine, to silence and to devotion.
The Seleccion Especial is the estate's best-known wine worldwide. Produced from a selection of the best grapes from each of their vineyards, it combines the elegance of a Tempranillo and the richness of a Cabernet Sauvignon with the roundness of a Syrah and a Merlot. In 2005, Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2001 received the award at the International Wine Challenge in London as the world’s best red wine. In 2015, the 2011 vintage received a coveted TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR placement on Wine Spectator's annual list, landing at #15 and the 2012 has been rated 93 points by both the Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate.
|Region||Castilla y Leon|
|Appellation||Sardon del Duero|
Wine AdvocateThe entry-level red and largest volume of Abadía Retuerta, the 2012 Selección Especial, is nothing like the initial oaky versions of it you might remember. This is produced as a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah from the 54 separate plots that they have identified in their 180 hectares of vineyards. This 2012 matured in French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels for 14 months, a slightly shorter time than in previous vintages. The casks were one third new, one third second use and one third third use. This is the wine that has improved the most, and it's now a fine, elegant wine with restrained power, true to the place where it's born and the vintage when the grapes are harvested. This is the highly recommended wine from the winery. All grapes ripened properly in 2012 and the Cabernet feels very integrated; there are some spicy aromas intermixed with the wild berry aromas, developing some balsamic undertones, licorice and a little bit of toast. It is very subtle and nicely compact. The texture is very fine with dusty tannins, good acidity and freshness. It is long, balanced and supple, with power and elegance. The wine is approachable now and with stuffing to age. It is a great value and highly recommended. The 1,250 barrels filled 350,000 bottles, 11,290 magnums and 300 double magnums, so the wine should be readily available.
Wine SpectatorA polished texture carries harmonious flavors of black cherry, cola, licorice and mineral in this focused red. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity lend this a balanced structure. Reserved but deep. Drink now through 2022. 31,150 cases made. Top 100: 2016, Rank: 12