Wednesday, April 1, 2009

2005 Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial Sardon de Duero

About 16$ from Costco. Imported by Kobrand. This wine comes from Castilla y Leon in Northern Spain. It's a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. This wine is a fruity, ripe wine, but it's not unbalanced. Dark purple. The nose has cherries, plums, strawberries, chocolate/coffee, and licorice with a strain of vanilla in the background. On the palate, vanilla and cherry character dominate. There's some tannin in the background--just the right amount for the fruit. This wine is drinking well right now. It's a little sweet, and the vanilla is quite prevalent, which suggests the use of a lot of new oak, but I think this wine is still in the tasteful arena, and not tacky. It certainly isn't almost Pinot-like Tempranillo, and it is blended with non-Spanish varietals, but I enjoyed it. It's New World in style, but well done, and not over the top. Day 2, the plummy character of this wine really emerges, as well as some of the tannin. This wine would undoubtedly please a diverse group of people. B/B+

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