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Bodegas Aalto Ribera del Duero 2011

Bodegas Aalto Ribera del Duero 750ML 2011     
Sku: 23049

A joint effort between superstar Spanish winemaker Mariano Garcia (of Ribera del Duero`s Vega Sicilia) and Javier Zaccagnini (well-known businessman and former head of the Ribera del Duero appellation), Aalto promises to be THE new cult wine from Spain. The reviews are already coming in from Europe where Aalto is being mentioned in the same sentence as Pingus, Vega Sicilia, and Alion by the continental press. Most critics have only tasted the Aalto (there will also be a reserve selection), but the general feeling is, "If this is what the second wine tastes like, what on earth will the first one taste like?" To say that it is mouthfilling and highly concentrated would be an understatement.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Aug 2014)
2011 Aalto is the cuvee produced with Tempranillo grapes from nine villages across Ribera del Duero, some in Valladolid and the majority in Burgos. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts and was aged for 20 months in 50% new barrels and 50% used ones. Most of the oak is from France, but 15% of the barriques are made of American wood. The wine shows the house style of ripe, exuberant and well-oaked reds, with some lactic hints and surprisingly, fresh red fruit intermixed with the aromas of riper, darker fruit and plenty of spicy oak, developing pine needle-like notes with time in the glass, and later, ripe peach. The palate is medium to full-bodied with abundant, fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins. It shows good balance and moderate acidity ending with some lactic flavors. 230,000 bottles produced. I tasted from half bottles (that is not ideal), which are not sold, only used for tastings. The wine evolves quickly once the bottle is opened, so I think this ripe vintage should be drunk in the shorter term. Drink now-2017.

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Regional Varietals:
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Tempranillo
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Country: Spain
Region: Castilla Y Leon
Sub-Region: Ribera del Duero
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Type: Still wine
 
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