1996 Abadia Retuerta Sardon del Duero

SKU #270090 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated dark ruby color. Penetrating, pungent aromas of blackcurrant, flowers, coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco and black pepper; distinct note of crystallized but not cooked fruit. Lush and thick in the mouth, but black fruit flavor is quite penetrating thanks to strong acids. This is the estate's flagship wine, from vines replanted in 1991. Very impressive. (ST) 91+  (9/1998)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine exhibits a Medoc-like personality, with notes of black currants, cherries, lead pencil, and pain grille. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, elegant, and complex, with hints of tobacco leaf, fruitcake, and cedar. (RP)  (10/1998)

Wine Spectator

 This is packed with flavor, offering blackberry, black pepper, game and licorice notes. The tannins have just enough grip for food. Intriguing, with a distinctive personality. (TM)  (11/1998)

K&L Notes

Abadia Retuerta is a name to become familiar with. Their wines are phenomenal. This particular one got 90 points from Robert Parker. Abadia Retuerta's wines come 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 Château Ausone consulting, there's no doubting the winery's potential. Is this Pomerol in the Duero?

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