Red Wine Phinca Abejera 2012

Red wine from Rioja made from Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano and Viura, aged for 36 months in oak barrels.

Crianza. 36 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Viura, Grenache Red, Graciano, Tempranillo,
Wineries: DSG Vineyards
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As always, this limited-edition, biodynamic Spanish red wine is crafted by David Sampedro Gil, owner of DSG Vineyards winery. Interestingly, Phinca Abejera is one of the first absolutely terroir-driven, single estate, Burgundian-like wines ever produced in La Rioja.

Yes, a single estate, terroir-driven wine in the land of Oak and Glory. This trend has been labelled "Rioja's third way" by a distinguished Spanish wine journalist - the first one being traditional Rioja, and the second one being the technological, New World-oriented one. - 

The name of a less than 1 hectare estate located in Elvillar, La Abejera was planted in 1929 in a soil composed of limestone with very low levels of organic matter. Three of the four grapes that make the blend of this Phinca Abejera 2012, Tempranillo, Grenache and Viura come from that estate. Graciano, the fourth one, comes from an estate named Valmayor.

Handpicked and transported to the cellar in 10 kg. boxes, the grapes were partially destemmed and spontaneously fermented using only indigenous yeasts. Meticulously vinified, this red wine from Rioja was aged in French oak barrels for 36 months. Finally, the resulting 2,000 bottles were bottled without filtration or stabilization.

Drink until 2025. Decant a minimum of 1 hour before drinking.

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Appearance

The red wine Phinca Abejera has an intriguing, high, blood-red robe with a violet hue at the rim.

Nose

This red wine from Rioja  by David Sampedro Gil has a mind-bending aromatic expression. Notes of Mediterranean undergrowth, rosemary, fennel, clove, liquorice and menthol. Concurrently, the wine displays scents of black currants, the purest red berries, plums, graphite and stone. What a beauty!

Palate

Tension, nerve, muscle, delicacy and richness. Countless things to enjoy in this superb red wine from Rioja by DSG Vineyards. To name only a few, notes of black currants, mineral hints and forestwalk sensations so pure that they seem out of this world. Tannins are mighty, and acidity is powerful enough to sustain a skyscraper. Exceptionally long finish.

Our personal opinion

A wine to drink, but even more a wine to store and treasure for some time. Anyway, prepare to be amazed by Phinca Abejera 2012, right now or within ten years.

OTHER VINTAGES

Phinca Abejera 2011:

Enterwine 94. Parker 91. Tim Atkin MW 93.

Year 2012
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 15-17º
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? Yes
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 36
Parker's Score 91
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 92
Percentage of variety Tempranillo 40%, Graciano 40%, Garnacha Tinta 10%, Viura 10%.
Pairings Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Mushrooms, Poultry, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Stews, Vegetables, Vegetables
Taste Complex and Elegant, Light, easy to drink, Tasty with barrel notes
Occasion A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
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Fabulous stuff, almost burgundian in its refinement. There's more meat here, though. Sampedro is a trailblazer.
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