Aalto

Mariano 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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Aalto Tempranillo 2015
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2015 Aalto has contained ripeness for the warm and dry conditions of the year, and I find it surprisingly fresh and balanced. It's still a concentrated wine that is generously oaked, round, lush and with a great combination of power and elegance. Different plots are fermented
Item Number: 30928
Bottle:$39.95
Case: $479.40
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Aalto Tempranillo 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Spectator 92 “This lively red shows good density and balance. Red fruit flavors are deepened by licorice, mineral and toast notes, while firm tannins and crisp acidity give structure. Expressive. Drink now through 2028. 3,000 cases imported.‘~T.M.  Wine Advocate 92 “The 2014 Aalto is

Aalto Tempranillo 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2013 Aalto is a lighter wine, with less color, more freshness as it should be in a cooler vintage. It has a bright color which also denotes high acidity. The year was not easy and they had to work more on the origin of grapes: it has less from La Horra and more from La

Aalto Tempranillo 2012
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94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 " This red shows focus and density, with rich flavors of plum, blackberry, cocoa, licorice and mineral. The structure is muscular but graceful, featuring ripe fruit complemented by savory notes that keep this balanced and fresh."  International Wine Cellar 92 " All tempranillo,

Aalto Tempranillo 2011
92  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 92 "Mariano Garcia developed his winemaking reputation at Vega Sicilia before joining Aalto in partnership with Javier Zaccagnini. Their 2009 is a juicy and approachable tempranillo, rich with candied cherry notes that fill out the rough tannins—a texture that suggests a

Aalto Tempranillo 2009
91  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 91 "Mariano Garcia developed his winemaking reputation at Vega Sicilia before joining Aalto in partnership with Javier Zaccagnini. Their 2009 is a juicy and approachable tempranillo, rich with candied cherry notes that fill out the rough tannins—a texture that suggests a pairing with

Bodegas Aalto Tempranillo 2008
95  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 95 "A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is already displaying a complex aromatic array of sandalwood, smoke, espresso, lavender, Asian spices, and assorted blue and black fruits. Smooth-textured, succulent, and structured, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window