This wine, with great character, is made entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After nearly thirty years, this variety is almost perfectly adapted to the unique enclave of the Pago Valdebellón, with its chalky soil that benefits from the particular microclimate in the highest part of the estate.
The result is a wine of a dark and intense colour, exuding a fresh, delicate air of sweet spices, exotic fruits and mineral aromas. Its persistent bouquet of redcurrant and shrubs accentuates the potential of the variety. Overall, it is a complex and generous wine that has become well-known and recognised as the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Spain.
Abadia Retuerta Winery. Credit: www.abadia-retuerta.com
The Santa Maria lot and its Abbey are some of the most remarkable historic landmarks in the area. Although this winery is not under Ribera del Duero entirely, part of it does lie within Ribera's geographic limits, in what many call "La Milla de Oro" (The golden mile) thanks to illustrious neighbors such as Vega Sicilia, Pingus, Arzuaga, and others. This (modern) winery hasn't been around as long as it might look like - It wasn't until 1996, thanks to the financial muscle of the pharma group Novartis, that this ambitious project took place.
Common to the area, Abadia Retuerta planted mostly Tempranillo, although they're constantly innovating and have included multiple varieties which they're doing a lot of research on (Benefits of being out of the Ribera del Duero appellation, which strictly regulates varieties) such as Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Petit Verdot and, most recently, Graciano, which didn't usually ripen in this area in the past but now does.
Abadia Retuerta is a complete experience, as it has one of the best-ranked hotels in Spain by Tripadvisor, a luxurious 5-start Hotel and Spa with a Michelin star in-house retaurant choice to enjoy.