2017 Seleccion Especial, Abadia Retuerta, Castilla Y Leon, Spain
"The 2017 Selección Especial is concentrated from the low yields and ripe from the warm cycle. It's a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah and 3% Merlot that matured for 12 months in barrels, one-third new. It's ripe and creamy and has an extroverted personality. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with a juicy texture and fine, chalky tannins." Drink 2021-2025. Luis Gutierrez.
14.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.
"Abadía Retuerta, like many others, is in the process of converting their vineyards to organic farming. They started in 2016, and as of 2021, the Pago Negralada, Pago la Raya (Blanco LeDomaine) and Viñedo Histórico will be certified; they expect to have the rest in four years. They also filed the papers to get their own Vino de Pago appellation. And their Cuvée Palomar is making a comeback."