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  • Country ranking ?

    178
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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The Story

In our single vineyard wines we seek to bring out above all the true character of the terroir. Pago Negralada comes from a plot of Tempranillo, the noblest Spanish grape variety. The vines are planted in deep gravel soils intermixed with sand at the surface, and produce wines with a distinctive firm, tannic character.

 

Having aged 19 months in new French oak barrels, the wine has now developed its full potential. Its full ripeness comes to the fore with layers of fragrant strawberry fruit, liquorice, herbs and minerals with soft, silky tannins on the palate. This wine obtained several international awards and recognitions in the most prestigious wine tasting events. With its great ageing potential, this is a wine for the long haul, a wine with its roots firmly in the past and its sights set on future triumphs.

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Vintage 2011

Rioja: Hot, dry weather throughout the summer set the stage for ripe, deeply flavored wines that tend to be low-acid and fruit-forward, with round tannins that will ensure positive aging over at least the coming decade.

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The 2011 Pago Negralada is Tempranillo from a single-vineyard (pago means plot in Spanish), and seems to be the ripest of all the 2011s. Negralada is planted at 740 meters altitude, the lowest of them all and it ripened extremely well that year. The aromas are very ripe, with notes of prunes, damsons hinting on raisins and traces of spicy oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, ripe and lush, with moderate acidity. It’s still a bit tannic. Drink 2015-2019. Abadia Retuerta is located in Sardon de Duero, a winery created in the mid-1990s with the help of Bordeaux vigneron Pascal Delbeck and owned by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis. The vineyards were planted after a detailed study of the soils between 1991 and 1994 just outside the boundaries of Ribera del Duero (in fact, part of their vineyards are within the appellation’s limits), with the first wines, Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, being releases from the 1995-1996 harvest. The resident winemaker is Angel Anocibar, with whom I met one morning in their Madrid offices to taste the latest releases. We tasted 2010 and 2011, two vintages they consider to be very good but with slightly different character. Anocibar considers 2011 an almost perfect vintage, with perfect conditions throughout the cycle, with just a little bit of heat at the end, the last week or so. The wines are 15% alcohol and full of polyphenols, big wines that needed gentle vinification. 2010 was also warm and ripe but the average temperatures were achieved by a couple of warm months at the end of the cycle, which was a little behind until June. They usually harvest earlier than the rest and look for freshness in their wines. There is quite a change with the 2009 vintage, because when they do less maceration – especially in the end, as alcohol extracts the harsh tannins – and the wines are fresher and more drinkable, offering prime harmony in the palate as well as freshness and drinkability. 

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Valladolid, Sardon del Duero

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