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Benchmark Ribera del Duero
13 December 2019

Jeb Dunnuck, formerly of the The Wine Advocate, has released his “Top Wines of 2019”. We are delighted that firm Justerinis favourite, Bodegas Aalto 2016 is included in the list with a mighty 94 points. For a wine of this quality, £27.68 per bottle including duty and VAT seems like an unmissable buy. The Aalto brand continues to enjoy huge international demand, thanks to a consistency in quality that is second to none. Moreover the 2016 is an outstanding vintage for the region and it will undoubtedly go down as a benchmark for this leading estate. Delicious, open and attractive in youth with silky dark fruit and comforting Ribera del Duero spice, a recent vertical spanning twenty years proves that they nevertheless have all the elements in place for long, graceful aging.

Not far off the more limited production cuvée, the 2016 Aalto is another brilliant wine from this estate and is all Tempranillo brought up in 50% new oak. This ripe, sexy wine delivers loads of crème de cassis, vanilla, dried flowers, and spice box notes, with just a hint of background oak. Pure, incredibly well balanced, with sweet tannins, and medium to full body, it’s going to benefit from a year or two in bottle and keep for 15 to 20 years. ¬– 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

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