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1996 Abadia Retuerta Pago Negralada Tempranillo The 1996 Pago Negralada was to be bottled approximately a month after I tasted it. Made from a single Tempranillo vineyard planted more than 2100 feet above sea level the alluvial and clay soil mixture gives the wine a distinctive character. This is unquestionably a spectacular effort displaying a saturated purple color and a knock-out blackberry chocolate licorice and earthy-scented nose. Exquisitely balanced this full-bodied wine is crammed with fruit yet it does not come across as heavy or overbearing. This wine has benefited from having its malolactic take place in barrel which tends to integrate the wood into the wine earlier and some say more effectively than when it is done in tank. The layers of fruit are ripe the wine's purity impeccable and the overall balance impressive. This stunningly rich potentially brilliant wine will admirably showcase the heights that Tempranillo can achieve. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2018.Congratulations are in order for this impressive new winery that is already turning out wines of exceptional quality.