Bodegas Abadía Retuerta, “Rívola” 2003

by Tim Elliott on November 11, 2006

This bodega has over 200 hectares of vineyards in the Castilla y León region of northwest Spain. Castilla y León is the largest region of Spain and the largest in the entire European Union. It was formed in 1983 but the tradition of viticulture goes back to the middle ages. Aside from wine, Castilla y León is known for it’s castles which rival those of Bavaria.

Bodegas Abadía Retuerta, “Rívola”, Sardon de Duero, Castilla y León 2003 ($14) – A blend of 60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby in color with pronounced aromas of vanilla, blackberry and clove. Raspberry and blackberry fruit with black pepper, spice and dusty tannins complete the package. Nice rich mouthfeel. Might have a little too much wood for some, but it took me back to wines I loved in the past with such a defect and was much less noticeable after some air.

13.5% ABV
Natural cork closure
Score: 87

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