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New Release: Aalto 2014 – a benchmark vintage
18 July 2016

The growing season was pitch perfect. A cold, rainy winter was followed by a mild, frost free spring, providing the ideal start for the vines in this potentially extreme part of the world. May and June were warm, but not excessively so, with temperatures not exceeding 29°C. The summer months were warm and dry, with the huge variations in day night temperatures that are so important and characteristic in this high altitude valley. Cold nights are crucial for preserving freshness, freeze-framing the dark fruit flavours in high definition, while maintaining all important acidity levels. A little rain in early September provided the perfect refreshment before harvest commenced on the 22nd September. 9 different villages contributed grapes to Aalto and PS and all displayed great phenolic ripeness while staying true to their individual characteristics. Tasting from barrel in April was a fascinating lesson in the diversity of terroir on offer in Ribera, Burgos and Valladollid. The final blend combines tremendous complexity with dark fruit, mineral and floral notes, accentuated by Tempranillo’s typical noble sweat spice elements, and wrapped around a fine but commanding structure. Svelte, powerful, complex and long – 2014 Aalto and PS both have great futures ahead. This vintage is undoubtedly one of the greats at the estate.    Read More

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