Thursday, December 11, 2008

Seleccion Especial

The Abadia Retuerta, Estate Grown in Rioja, Sardon De Duero 2003, 14% alc. In the glass a thin violet colored rim that segued to an opaque velvet curtain core. This wonderful wine is a blend expressing Tempranillo’s richness at 75%, Merlot’s roundness at 5% and Cabernet Sauvignon’s aromatic elegance coming in at 20%. Which for my palate made like a visit to a tobacco store humidor, breathing in all the wonderful aromas deeply and a lithe compote of dark fruits and well worn saddle leather, followed my a long palate coating finish. In a word yum!

Mr. Parker rated this wine 89 Pt's. I would say it requires a least hedonistic 91 Pt's. This is huge wine for the price. It is selling for $19.99 @ Bevmo and was a wine I tasted in my wine class @ ISG. This could be a everyday drinker and just happened to pair ever so nicely with some smoked beef sausage one of my classmates most graciously provided. My recommendation is purchase a six pack if you can and if storage is not an issue or buy one for an upcoming holiday party or gift giving occasion to show off your epicurean taste! Until next time Cheers!


dhonig said...

Great review. That's a nice wine for the price. I reviewed the '02 in '07:

slightly browning purple in color, as if aging had begun. Cedar, anise, fennel and a hint of chocolate in the nose. Dry oaky tannins, vanilla, and a little bit of berries in the palate. This really opened up the second day- upon opening this was disappointingly thin. The finish is long, a bit tart, but lingering and pleasant.

purpleteeth2 said...

Thanks for the kudos, much appreciated. Give the '03 a try, it's drinking very nicely. Enjoy!

Jenious said...

Sounds delicious! I'm sold :) I'll keep an eye out for it.
~ Jen aka