Abadía Retuerta winery launched in 1996 during Spain's Ribera del Duero explosion onto the world market. Although relatively young, the winery inherits a long tradition of winemaking as the winery and vineyards are located on the former site of the 12th century Santa Marie de Retuerta Monastery in Sardón de Duero. Along the banks of the Duero River, "the monks of the order of Saint Norbert were given terras et vineas (land and vines) in Duero Valley and the second abbot brought the first French grape varieties from Burgundy that were planted in this famous Spain wine region. Since then, the land of our estate has been dedicated to the vine, to silence and to devotion."
Abadia Retuerta farms these same vineyard sites which today is located within the heart of the "Golden Mile", a "privileged strip of land it shares with some of the Ribera del Duero's ...
These three are part of Your Sommelier‘s subscription service which costs £36 per month – so the average price is £12 per bottle Château Dubois Gramont Bordeaux Blanc 2015, France Rich but tangy style, with notes of ginger and honey alongside the herby greengage, plum and lemon curd. Nicely balanced, quite weighty but always fresh. […]
Château Picoron ‘Les Terrasses’ Sainte Colombe, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2014, France (contact the winery for further details) Combines cedary Bordeaux restraint with richer, plummier flesh, with the red berry flavours staying just the right side of jammy, and a backbone of ripe but slightly earthy tannin to hold it all together. Good for a […]
I launched the “Whither Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon” series in October 2014 as a way of focusing on cabernet-based wines from one the the world’s best places for the grape’s production into fine wine. Or not so fine, depending on one’s point of view about over-strict oak regimen, super-ripe, jammy fruit and alcohol levels that soar to 15 percent and beyond, characteristics that occur too often. But cabernet-based wines are made not only in other regions of California but all around the world. We look today at a baker’s dozen — the superstitious way of saying “13” — of non-Napa Valley examples, mainly from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County and from various spots in Chile. Some of these wines stuck me as being classic in proportion and balance, while a few leaned toward exaggeration; none, however, seemed beyond the pale, and most of the ratings are Excellent. With one exception, ...
Have been a bit tardy reviewing this, some Oddbins stores may already be on 2014… Château de Haute Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Cahors 2012, South West France (£20 Oddbins) Gushes with dark berry and plum fruit, with aromatic notes of violets, wild herbs and spices, and with a backbone of tannins that make their presence […]
Abbotts & Delaunay Merlot ‘Les Fruits Sauvage’ 2015, Pays d’Oc, France (£9.99/£7.49 for six Majestic) A bit shy to start with, then opens up into and honest juicy fruity glass of wine, with gentle cooked berry and plum and a light leafy/herby character on the finish. B+