Ribera del Duero,Spain,
  • Greg Sherwood: 95
  • Robert Parker: 94


Bottle size: 750 ml,

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The impressive Aalto winery was founded in 1999 by Mariano Garcia, the erstwhile technical director at Bodegas Vega Sicilia for 30 years, and Javier Zaccagnini. The winery has some tremendous old vine Tempranillo vineyards in many of the finest communes of Ribera del Duero, the fruit from which is vinified in an ultra-modern, gravity-fed winery. The wine that emanates from the Aalto winery, a James Bond villain-style futuristic lair back up in the Ribera del Duero hills, is rapidly becoming a Spanish collector classic: a Ribera del Duero of enormous class, precision and polish.


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In The Cellar
100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) primarily from very old vines – 40 to 80 years old – from nine different villages in the province of Burgos and Valladolid. The harvest was done by hand, in small boxes of 15 kilos that are thoroughly inspected, bunch by bunch, on the selection table.

In The Vineyard
The farming year began with a very rainy autumn and mild temperatures. Winter started with fogs, a drastic decrease of temperatures, and ended up with little precipitation and moderate temperatures. Spring started with low temperatures due to a cold front that delayed the sprouting of the vines until late April. The rest of the season developed with unstable weather conditions and storms. High temperatures continued in July and the first fortnight of August, descending at the end of this month, and some storms occurred at that moment. September, as usual, kept soft temperatures during the day and low at night. The harvest started on September 14th.
A lovely ripe, opulent, sophisticated expression of Ribera del Duero Tempranillo that shows a wonderfully dark, deep, broody aromatics full of purple flowers, sweet jasmine, baked black plum, hints of salted liquorice, melted tar and subtle caramelised black cherry notes. The mouthfeel is broad and luxurious underpinned by a deliciously vibrant tangy acidity that energises the wine and really invigorates the luscious black currant fruits laced with molasses, salted caramel and vanilla pod spice. This is a truly delicious style of premium Ribera del Duero that is marked by its exceptional winemaking precision. Unsurprisingly, a collector favourite year on year. Drink now and over the next 10+ years.