2001 Abadal Reserva Pla de Bages (Previously $19.99)

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90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Abadal Reserva is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah that spent 14 months in used French and American oak. This purple-colored wine coats the glass with glycerin. It offers up an impressive bouquet of vanilla, spice box, pencil lead, and black currants which have benefitted from the extra bottle age. It is the most densely packed to this point, with layers of black fruit flavors, a supple texture, and surprising elegance. It has excellent balance and a long, fruity finish. Drink it over the next 4-6 years." (02/07) A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, the 2001 Abadal is in a wonderful place right now: juicy black plum and currant fruit, rich but focused, is also supported by wonderful secondary flavors of sweet herbs and a warm earthiness. Without a doubt, the fruit intensity and character of the excellent 2001 vintage, which many consider to be the vintage of the decade in Spain, is on full disply here. Supple, rounded, and just an incredibly tasty drink, this is a terrific buy for any fan of mature Bordeaux or Napa Bordeaux blends. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Buyer)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/4/2009  | Send Email
One of the more inconceivable reds, that has some bottle age on it, that I have ever tasted is the Abadal 2001 Pla de Bages Reserva, a recent discovery by our Spanish wine buyer, Joe Manekin,. The great wine god of the world gave this Gem 90 points with a remarkable review, which I think is a case of temporary insanity on his part (it should be a near perfect score). This blend of Merlot (60%), Cabernet (30%), Syrah (10%) and incredibleness (100%) is deep ruby in color, and it explodes from the glass with lush, developed currant and blackberry flavors, and cedary undertones that lead to a fleshy, broad, complex, deep mouthfeel and a round, silky finish. Amazing stuff, and Anderson wants this Gem under our Christmas tree. 13.5% abv
Drink from 2009 to 2015

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5