Spanish wines for me are almost always a win – win. There are many that I enjoy because of their simplicity, they can be great, laid back sort of sipping wines. I also enjoy others for their layers and complexity. I love them from a shop owner standpoint because they are nice wines to transition into if you are wanting to explore outside the US. They typically are not as earthy  as some other Old World wines but also tend to not be leading with sweetness.

We had this wine the other evening – one that we recently featured at our 90+ Point Tasting.

2007 Abadia Retuerta ‘Seleccion Especial’ – $20

(blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Ribera del Duero, Spain)

A lot of times people will hear wine jargon and then try to detect those flavors or nuances in the wine when they taste – and a lot of times they end up saying “yeah, I don’t really get that from this wine”.  I taste wine all the time and it is not always the easiest thing to pick out. The more you taste and explore the more you pick up on, but this wine is a great starting point.  This Tempranillo based blend  has layers of flavor that really stand out. What I love about it is that there is a kind of balance between the “sweet” and “savory” flavors – really ripe fruit flavors like raspberry and cherry, but there is also a savory, smoky, almost “bacon – y” aspect to it. There is a little bit of spice that comes through but the wine is soft on the palate. Its big and bold but not in a smack you over the head kind of way.  More like in the “go ahead and have one more glass” kind of way! Definitely one to add to the list!