Abadia Retuerta Vino de la Tierra Castilla Y León Cuvée El Campanario 2000
AGEING: 18 months (French oak and American oak). DES. ORIGIN: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León. GRAPE VARIETIES: * 75% Tempranillo * 20% Cabernet Sauvignon * 5% Merlot ALCOHOL VOLUME: 14 % SERVING TEMPERATURE: 15-17 ºC DESCRIPTION: Very intense colour. Dark black cherry. Complex and attractive nose, fresh, deep red fruit, and a touch of eucalyptus well blended together in the wood, hints of roasted coffee and caramel after a few minutes in the glass. Full and powerful attack. A very soft and gentle entrance that leads to a very expressive and aromatic wine in the mouth. Great balance between alcohol, acidity and structure with very fine and soft quality tannins. A very long wine, very persistent. GASTRONOMY: Goes well with non-oily fish and poultry, red and white meats. WINEMAKING PROCESS: After the analysis of the grapes from our 54 sub-plots, they are fermented separately. The fermentation is adapted to the quality of the grape of each plot. As a general rule, it is pumped over many times during the first moments of the alcoholic fermentation (aqueous stage), then more moderately, determining them by taste. The duration of the maceration is also determined for each plot by taste. After the malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, the wines are selected for blending before spending eighteen months in the barrel.
Initally muted on the nose and palate. But opened up nicely. Aromas of barnyard/brett and red fruit. On the palate, red fruit, tobacco, vanilla; nice acid. Well balanced, tannins nicely integrated. More elegant, old world style. No decanting, though would give it about 1 hr. Drinking now.
Closed down. Will hold the other for awhile.
Nice! Quite distinct, with notes of viscous black fruits, vanilla, mesquite. Rich, dark, lovely.
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