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Aalto Ribera del Duero D.O. 2008 (Ribera del Duero, Spain) - [RP 95] [ST 90+]
Aalto Ribera del Duero [Tempranillo] D.O. 2008 (Ribera del Duero, Spain) - [95 RP] [90+ ST]


 
 

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Winery: Bodegas Aalto
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Region: Ribera del Duero, Castilla Leon, Spain
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: AALTO08-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

It is ironic that one of the youngest properties in the region has one of the most prestigious lineages, but it is the case with Bodegas Aalto. A chance meeting between Mariano Garcia, former star winemaker of Vega Sicilia, and Javier Zaccagnini, former President of the governing body of the Ribera del Duero AOC, gave birth to this quality-oriented estate which produced its first vintage in 1999, a year after its creation.

The winery has acquired some of the best Tinto Fino vineyards in Ribera del Duero, including 32 hectares in 3 different sub-regions of Ribera del Duero -- two in the province of Valladolid and one in the province of Burgos. They also have 10 hectares of 60 year-old vines in the Burgos village of Quemada. In 2004, Mariano Garcia was recognized by Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of "50 Most Influential Winemakers."

Varieties: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
Vineyards: From 7 different villages in Ribera del Duero including Roa, La Horra, Quemada, La Aguilera & Moradillo

Farming Practice: Sustainable

Soils: Variety of soils including limestone, clay, sand, chalk and pebbles

Altitude: 700-850 meters above sea level

Age of vines: 40-110 years old

Aging: 24 months in 225 liter French and American oak barrels


Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is already displaying a complex aromatic array of sandalwood, smoke, espresso, lavender, Asian spices, and assorted blue and black fruits. Smooth-textured, succulent, and structured, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2028+. In the scheme of things, it offers great value in top-flight Ribera del Duero.

Bodegas y Vinedos Aalto is a partnership between legendary vigneron Mariano Garcia and Javier Zaccagnini, former President of the governing body of the Ribera del Duero DO. Aalto is sourced from 7 different villages on a variety of soils with vineyard age ranging from 40-100 years and was aged for 24 months in French and American oak." -Jay Miller (June 2011)

90+ Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Bright purple.  Pungent, intensely perfumed nose displays black and blue fruits, violet, Indian spices and a lively, peppery note.  Sweet and lush on entry, then smoky and intense in the middle, offering brawny blackberry and mulberry flavors and suggestions of bitter chocolate and cracked pepper.  Ripe but fresh, with a juicy, long finish that features notes of smoke and blackberry.  This is pretty powerful for the vintage and deserves some patience." -Josh Raynolds (Nov/Oct 11)



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