1998 AbadiaRetuerta Rivola
Sardon de Duero, Spain
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $9.49 (K&L Liquors, among others)
Type: Spanish red
Principal varietal(s): 60% Tempranillo, 40% Cabernet

Purchased as a Robert Parker "best buy", and it certainly is. Extremely forward, rich wine with a mouth feel uncannily like a Zinfandel. But the flavors are unusual compared to the usual Cab/Merlot/Zin/Pinot lineup, which made it controversial in our tasting group. Lots of tobacco, plus flavors of currant and/or blueberry fruit, oak, and grilled tomato. Complex, long, delicious, a lot of fun to drink, and a bargain. - WB Team 2000-05-09


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