Aalto 2014, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Aalto 2014, Ribera del Duero, Spain


The grapes, Tempranillo (Tinto Fino), used to produce Aalto originate from very old wines between 40-80 years of age. The harvest is made by hand and transported in small boxes (15kg max) to avoid them breaking and loosing freshness.

Aged for 16 months in 50% new barrels of French and American oak.

Aromas of dark cherry, cassis and vanilla are followed by candied orange peel. On the palate lots of intense sweet black fruits, pencil lead, cloves, nutmeg and touch of mint. Very intense and a slightly warm palate but also there is a crisp theme of acidity to keep everything balanced with lots of ripe but silky tannins.
Aalto Bodegas y Vinedos is a Ribera del Duero estate known for its varietal red wines made from Tempranillo. Its top wine, P.S., is released in small quantities and only in the best vintages. It is widely considered to be one of Spain's best wines.

Aalto was founded in 1999 by Mariano Garcia and Javier Zaccagnini. Both have excellent pedigrees: Zaccagnini was previously the president of the appellation's Consejo Regulador, while Garcia was winemaker at the iconic Vega Sicilia for 30 years. He is one of the most experienced and respected winemakers in the world. 


Ribera del Duero, home for iconic Vega Sicilia Unico, is known for its high-quality Tempranillo based red wines.

A modern approach to Rioja's classic Tempranillo wines, using small oak barrels (barrique). In the last 30 years the region has risen up to challenge Rioja for the crown of Spain's greatest wine region.

Ribera del Duero wines are thicker and darker than wines from Rioja, with high tannins, powerful black fruit and plum accompanied by fine dark chocolate and vanilla. Sometimes overtly dominated by oak due to the long aging periods in new French and American oak barrels.


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Aalto has great deal of national and international acknowledgements with many awards and high scores from the most prestigious judges.

Jancis Robinson: Deep purplish crimson. Ripe, spicy blackberries, marked both by the primary fruit and the French oak spice. Thick and chewy, rich yet fresh. Powerful, firm but polite and generous at the same time. Supple, rich and gloriously mouth-filling, the alcohol well hidden but the fruit superb. 17/20 points  

Robert Parker: 92 points