Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2013

The summer of rosé is giving way to the red wines of fall. One wine to help ease the transition is Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial 2013. This red blend from Sardón de Duero, within the Ribera del Duero region in Spain, is aromatic and elegant, with a lovely freshness that makes it adaptable to both the changing temperatures and flavors of fall.

While Rioja is arguably Spain’s best known wine region, Ribera del Duero is not too far behind – and gaining momentum. Located in Castilla y León in north central Spain, the region is home to Vega Sicilia and Pesquera, internationally known wineries located not too far from Abadia Retuerta. While those wineries use the D.O. Ribera del Duero designation, Abadia Retuerta uses “Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León,” a geographical indication that allows more flexibility with grape varieties and blends.

The 2013 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial is 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% other red grapes including Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine spent 13 months aging in French and American oak barrels.

Red fruit and cedar aromas introduce a lush palate of red cherry, plum, marionberry and dark chocolate cocoa. It’s silky in the mouth with some black tea tannins on the finish. Nice acidity gives the wine a lively freshness, which makes it an ideal pairing for a variety of food.

For more information on Abadia Retuerta visit www.abadia-retuerta.com.

$30, 13.5% alcohol