Ribera del Duero, 2008

  Aalto

£240.00 for 6x75cl
2 cs
 
£250.00 for 6x75cl
2 cs
 

A fresher, more precise version of the 2007, long gripping floral cherry fruit, notes of bramble plum and black cherry with touches of sweet spices, chocolate and violet. Juicy, engaging and beautifully constructed Ribera, wonderful fruit supported by a good but not unwieldy structure. Bottled at the usual time in March 2011. Aalto, made by Vega Sicilia legend Mariano Garcia and Javier Zaccagnini, comes exclusively from 100% Tinto Fino vines aged between 40 to 90 years old situated in seven different zones within Ribera. The grapes are hand-harvested into small containers, and after fermentation the wines are aged for 23 months, on average, in 50% new French barrels and 50% one- to two-year-old barrels.

Contains Sulphites.

About Aalto

With over a decade of vintages under their belts and a highly detailed understanding of the scores of parcels of old vines they own, Aalto has well and truly established itself as one of the great wines of both Ribera del Duero and Spain in general. It is hardly surprising given it is a collaboration between Javier Zaccagnini and Mariano Garcia, the former an ex-director of Ribera’s  Consejo Regulador, the latter winemaker at Vega Sicilia for 30 years.  In their modern, gravity fed winery  the team receive the multiple plots in refrigerated rooms for sorting and de-stemming before parcel by parcel vinification down below. Ageing takes place in barriques with a selection of the finest plots, generally with a “heart” of wine from the great village of La Hora, being selected in great years to make Aalto PS (Pagos Seleccionados). The straight cuvee of Aalto tends to drink very well after three to four years, the PS often requiring more like six to ten.

Appellation: Ribera del Duero

One of the leading wine regions in spain, Ribera del Duero specialises in the production of powerful red wines from the local variety of Tempranillo, Tinto Fino. A real challenger to Rioja in terms of quality this is an area that at first sight looks like a hostile place to grow vines. The vines are grown at altitudes of between 700 and 850m and searing day time temperatures are followed by extremely cold nights. The wines that emerge are firm, deeply coloured, ageworthy, and some of Spains most exciting and longlived.

Grape Type: Tempranillo

Tempranillo is now a widely recognised varietal, largely due to the international fame of Rioja, for which it is a key varietal. Being thick-skinned and producing vibrant fruit driven wines with depth and longevity it is often regarded as Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripening two weeks earlier than Garnacha, and having a short growing period, it is better suited to Rioja's higher and cooler Alta and Alevesa areas. Excellent examples from Rioja include St Vicente and Amancio from Eguren and the more traditional style wines of La Rioja Alta, namely Gran Reserva 904 and our own-label Rioja Reserva. As well as being planted throughout central Spain, the Toro region is increasingly recognised as producing world-class Tempranillo, the wines at Teso La Monja, namely Almirez, Alabaster and Victorino show signs of greatness! It is also known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero and Tinto Roriz in Portugal.