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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine & Spirits
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 105476
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 opaque purple 2006 Aalto offers up a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, graphite, espresso, leather, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. This leads to a full-bodied, dense, layered, extracted wine with loads of fruit and the structure to match. Impeccably balanced and exceptionally long in the finish, this large-scaled effort will benefit from 5-7 years of additional cellaring and provide a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. Bodegas y Vinedos Aalto is the estate of the renowned Mariano Garcia, former winemaker at Vega Sicilia.
This juicy red is packed with blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavors. Licorice, chocolate and tobacco notes add interest. This is thick, with full tannins, but stays plush and lively through the finish. Drink now through 2016. 500 cases imported.
Inky ruby. Sexy, highly complex bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, truffle and smoked meat, with a sexy floral undertone. Weighty yet graceful, offering sweet dark berry flavors and suave candied violet and clove qualities. Impressively fresh and focused wine, with strong finishing spiciness and a lingering note of dark berry preserves-and drinking well right now.
Presented in a clean, modern style, this wine's sweet black fruit flavors combine with the toasty notes of oak. It's ample and slightly liqueur-like in the finish, with a pleasing warmth that doesn't grow tiring.