Red Wine Phinca Abejera 2017

Organic Crianza red wine from La Rioja. Blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano and Viura aged for 3 years in French oak barrels
Crianza. 36 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 15º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Viura, Grenache Red, Graciano, Tempranillo,
Wineries: DSG Vineyards
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Availability: In stock

Product Description

This limited-edition biodynamic Spanish red wine is crafted by the prestigious winemaker David Sampedro Gil, head of DSG Vineyards. Interestingly, Phinca Abejera was one of the first Burgundy-inspired, single vineyard wines ever produced in La Rioja.

Some years ago, the trend was labelled "Rioja's third way" by a distinguished Spanish wine journalist - the first one being traditional Rioja and the second being the New World-inspired one.

La Abejera is the name of a less than 1 hectare vineyard with limestone soils planted in 1929 in the village of Elvillar. Three of the four varieties of this Rioja red wine, Tempranillo, Grenache and Viura, come from that vineyard. Graciano, the fourth one, was sourced from a much younger vineyard, called Valmayor.

Handpicked and transported to the cellar in 10 kg. boxes, the grapes were  destemmed and spontaneously fermented using only indigenous yeasts. Meticulously vinified, during alcoholic fermentation and subsequent maceration the solid skin cap was frequently punched down in order to soften the tannins of the young Graciano grapes.

After that, Phinca Abejera 2017 was aged in French oak barrels for 36 months. It was bottled without filtration or stabilization.

Decant this Crianza red wine at least 1 hour before drinking.

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Additional Information

The red wine Phinca Abejera is medium ruby violet hue at the rim.


This blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache and Viura has a mind-bending aromatic expression. Notes of Mediterranean undergrowth, rosemary, fennel, clove, liquorice and menthol. As it aerates, it segues into scents of black currants, the purest red berries, plums, graphite and stone. What a beauty!


Countless things to enjoy in this superb wine from Bodega Bhilar - DSG Vineyards. Sinewy, deep and supple at the same time, with a remarkable inner energy and a real impression of place. Tannins are chiseled, and acidity is fabulous. Long finish with lively mineral remembrances and a compelling forest-floor note.

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 2017, right now or within some years.


Phinca Abejera 2012:

Enterwine 93. Parker 91.

Phinca Abejera 2011:

Enterwine 94. Parker 91. Tim Atkin MW 93.

Year 2017
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
Organic Yes
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 36
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 93
Percentage of variety Tempranillo 40%, Graciano 40%, Grenache 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
1 Review
Fabulous stuff, almost burgundian in its refinement. There's more meat here, though. Sampedro is a trailblazer.
Review by (Posted on 18 December 2018)
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