Aalto Tempranillo 2017
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Wine Spectator 94
The 2017 Aalto was a surprise for the vintage. They had to select the grapes from their own vineyards, and they produced less wine. It feels a little lighter and fresher, more approachable at this point in time. The oak also seems to be more integrated. It's a very drinkable Aalto in its style. They only used some 20% new oak and possibly did a softer vinification. It's approachable now, but it should ... read more
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Item ID: #37010
Size: 750mL (wine)

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Wine Spectator 94
The 2017 Aalto was a surprise for the vintage. They had to select the grapes from their own vineyards, and they produced less wine. It feels a little lighter and fresher, more approachable at this point in time. The oak also seems to be more integrated. It's a very drinkable Aalto in its style. They only used some 20% new oak and possibly did a softer vinification. It's approachable now, but it should also develop nicely in bottle, as the year had more acidity.

The primary wine, known simply as Aalto Ribera del Duero comes from vines ranging in age from 40–80 years old supplemented with younger vine fruit that is about 15 years old. It is aged in for 18 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak with half of the barrels new. It is a voluminous Ribera del Duero showing Mariano’s deft hand at capturing both the power and grace of a variety, Tinto Fino, that tends towards rusticity in the hot climate of this region.

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AaltoMariano García is considered to be one of the most experienced vintners in the world. Together with Javier Zaccagnini, who topped off 26 years of managerial practice with an MBA, formed a perfect synergy with the one ultimate goal: to produce one of the best red wines in the world. With this they created Aalto Bodegas y Viñedos in 1999, and although it is a young winery, it implements rather traditional methods in its winemaking practice. Grapes are harvested entirely manually, and organic winegrowing principles are rigorously followed. The winery, named after the famous Finish architect Alvar Aalto, lies in the heart of the Ribera del Duero region, approximately 250 km north of Madrid with vineyards spread out over the hillsides. The location paints a beautiful backdrop consisting of seven villages surrounding Quintanilla de Arriba, where the Aalto Bodegas owners built a huge winery complex on a plot expanding across 15 hectares.

Harvested grapes are collected into plastic boxes, which are immediately transported to the winery, where they are carefully sorted on a conveyor belt into several classes according to their quality. After the destemming stage, fermentation occurs in custom-made cone-shaped stainless-steel barrels. A portion of the grapes undergo malolactic fermentation in American oak barrels and then all wine is moved into French oak barrels for a 20 to 24-month long fermentation period. The harvest from each individual vineyard is separated, and Mariano decides the ratio in the final mixture of the wines shortly before being bottled. The wine is not filtered after fermentation.

Aalto wine is one of the most desired and internationalized wines from the Ribera del Duero region, ranking as one of the best wineries in the world. It has a color of black cherries with violet edges – an intense bouquet of fresh fruit with undertones of noble wood, vanilla, spices, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, smoke and basil. Aalto's vines and terroir produce really big wines with amazing balance, perfect color and astonishing taste with extremely long tail, creating a really memorable and unforgettable experience for all who indulge.

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