Xi'ipal Tempranillo La Abejera

"seamless in texture, offering red and dark berry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly as the wine opens up." —
Joshua Raynolds Vinous Media
Navarra D.O.
100% Tempranillo from the single, 45-year-old La Abejera vineyard
750 meters / slope of eroded clays, lime and sandstones
Farming Methods
Practicing organic, Vegan
Hand harvested
Fermented with native microbes in cement tank
Aged for 22 months in used French oak barrels (different capacities); additional 12 months aging in bottle before release
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Xi'ipal Tempranillo La Abejera 2015
92 (VM) 90 (I-WR) 90 (IWR) 90 (JS)
Score Publication Review Copy
92 Vinous Media Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Mineral-accented black raspberry and cherry-vanilla aromas are complemented by mocha, pot-pourri and star anise notes. Gently sweet and seamless in texture, offering red and dark berry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly as the wine opens up. Sappy and energetic in style, showing strong thrust and harmonious tannins on the long, floral-dominated finish. (Fermented in concrete tanks and aged for a year in used, 400-liter French oak barrels.)
Drink 2020-2026
Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool – March 2019
90 International Wine Review This 100% single vineyard Tempranillo displays an opaque robe with dark cherry chocolate and toasted oak aromas. It is lush and full on the palate with dark fruit and a slightly smoky note. Aged 12 months in 400L French oak barrels, it offers sweet dark fruit, round tannins and a dry finish.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
90 International Wine Report This smoky and savory Tempranillo takes on a nice combination of red and dark fruits on the palate. With tension building in the glass, the silky mouthfeel really drives this excellent bottling. Give this a lengthy decant if enjoying in its youth.
June 2018
90 JamesSuckling.com Some smoke and caramel, as well as ripe blackberry and plum. A big, dry red with slightly rustic tannins, but plenty of personality. Drink now or hold.
August 2018
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Xi'ipal Tempranillo La Abejera 2017
90 (WE)
Score Publication Review Copy
90 Wine Enthusiast Aromas of purple fig, dark chocolate and pipe tobacco prep the palate for flavors of pomegranate, cherry, chocolate-cov¬ered espresso bean, dried Mediterranean herbs and orange zest. Durable tannins hang on into a lasting finish.
Mike DeSimone - Issue May 2023
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