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Monday, September 12, 2011

2007 Abadía Retuerta Rívola Sardon de Duero

The spectacular estate of Abadía Retuerta is situated just outside the border of the Ribera del Duero region in Spain’s north central province of Castilla y León, near the village of Sardón. It's actually just a few miles away from the uber-famous Vega Sicilia, producer of one of Spain's most revered and expensive wines.

The Rívola is composed of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and is aged in American and French oak barrels for a period of 12 months.

On the nose the wine exhibits aromas of ripe black cherry, plum, sandalwood, spice, and subtle hints of vanilla and cedar. When the wine begins to open up it also shows some really nice jasmine notes.

On the palate the plum flavors continue to impress along with beautiful impressions of red raspberry, black cherry, and spice. What's really impressive about this wine is the smooth texture and silky tannin structure. It's seems as though they're able to get the fruit pretty darn ripe and even at Abadía Retuerta. Very nice stuff. 90 points

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