93 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): "Selección Especial is Abadía Retuerta's reliable red blend produced in enough quantities to have good availability and with an approachable and easy-to-understand profile that reached great quality with the 2016 Selección Especial, from one of the best vintages in recent times in the region. It's 75% Tempranillo, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, a blend that can change with the conditions of the year, as it's decided by tasting the wines. If in the past this wine was quite oaky, this 2016 feels quite integrated and balanced, ripe and medium-bodied, with a soft and tender palate, round tannins and moderate influence from the élevage of 13 months in French and American oak barrels. Drink: 2020-2026. (Dec 2019)"
93 points Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine: "(66% tempranillo, 24% cabernet sauvignon, 8% syrah, 2% merlot). Colour: cherry, purple rim. Nose: fruit expression, red berry notes, floral, spicy, dark chocolate, sweet spices. Palate: flavourful, fruity, good acidity, long. (2020)"
|Region||Tierra de León|
|Varietal||Other Red Blends|
|Blend||75% Tempranillo, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot|