Abadia Retuerta sits immediately outside the border of Ribera del Duero in Sardon del Duero and so is labelled as Castilla y Leon. This may explain why the wines offer such extraordinary value in what is normally a pricey area.
It is worth noting that they are within easy walking distance of Vega Sicilia, Alion and Pingus when considering questions of terroir. First established in 1150 A.D. by the Premonstratensian Order, founded in France by St. Norbert in 1120, first governed Retuerta, established as the order’s nucleus in Spain. The monastry still stands today.
The estate saw rapid investment after 1988 when it was purchased by what is now the Swiss company Novartis. The winery was completed in 1996 with a unique gravity flow system for minimal intervention. The goal of Angel Anocibar and his team is to best express the terroir a role they perform admirably. Here Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), the king of Spanish grape varieties holds sway, but Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are used to bring the wines forward and make them more attractive in their youth.
These wines all see oak barreling and even the entry level Rivola will repay some time in the cellar. The Cuvee Palomar however has the potential to be seen as one of Spain’s great wines in the very near future. Total production of this wine is less than 7000 cases per year, so we never have enough.
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