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1997 Abadia Retuerta Rivola

SKU #270078

This Spanish red is one of the best red wine bargains you're going to find anywhere. Now in their second year, this producer had high expectations to meet, and they really came through. Their '96 was hailed by wine writer Robert Parker as 'one of the best values I have discovered this year.' The wine comes from just outside the appellation of Ribera del Duero (less than 10 miles from Vega Sicilia!). With state-of-the-art technology and winemaker Pascal Delbeck of Chateau Ausone consulting, there's no doubting the winery's potential. Is this Pomerol in the Duero? Maybe... the wine has plenty of ripe, round fruit. It's sweet, lush and inviting and is complemented by a blend of French and American oak. Approachable now, the Rivola can age for a few years. Robert Parker... 'It tastes like a $30 bottle of red wine... Think of it as a blend of first class Pomerol and Vega Sicilia Unico. Don't miss this one!'

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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.