A Red That’s Sure to Tickle Your Taste Buds

A Red That’s Sure to Tickle Your Taste Buds

Dense and earthy Tempranillo blend from Spain

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Tempranillo is the truly great indigenous red grape of Spain. Also known as Cencibel, Ull de Llebre and Tinta del Pais, it shines in many parts of Spain besides its most famous home: Rioja. Today’s wine comes from the region of Castilla Y Leon, where one of one of Spain’s landmark wines, Vega Sicilia, is also produced. Known as Abadia Retuerta, this relatively new winery has turned many heads and tickled many taste buds since its founding in 1996.

2013 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial $30 srp

Oxblood red in color. Powerful nose of dark fruit compote, with singed earth and mushroom notes. There is also a touch of mountain mint freshness behind it all. A sense of high extraction is even demonstrated on the bouquet. Flavors are medium-full bodied with an already surprisingly smooth texture. Notes of savory cherry, blackberry, tar and what I can only describe as beef bouillon. Coffee and chocolate elements also emerge with further aeration. (75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah) Drink now – 2019.

91/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.