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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Spectator, 95 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 98278
The grapes come exclusively from old vineyards located in 7 different villages of Ribera del Duero. Harvested by hand in small 15 kg containers and thoroughly inspected in selection table.
Average oak ageing of 23 months, 50% new French barrels and 50% one or two years old French and American barrels.
The Aalto is dark-hued, firm, rich and layered, with aromas of mocha, plum and cedar. It kept getting better with every sip, ending with a delightful black licorice edge.
The 2005 Aalto, made from 100% Tinto Fino, is a deep purple color with an enticing nose of wood smoke, bacon, floral notes, spice box, and blackberry. This leads to a powerful, layered, intense wine already beginning to show complex flavors. Structured for 5-7 years of further evolution, this strong effort will be at its best from 2015 to 2030.
Opaque purple color. Intensely perfumed nose displays spicy dark berry and floral character, with zesty minerals and black tea adding complexity. Pliant blackberry and cherry flavors are impressively fresh, becoming deeper and sweeter with air. An admirably balanced wine, playing depth against vivacity and finishing with outstanding clarity and length. This is the most elegant example of this bottling I've tasted.