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AALTO PS Tinto Fino 2008

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92 Pts. Guía Peñín 
92 Pts. Stephen Tanzer

PS means Pagos Seleccionadas, selected single vineyards, and this is a terrific expression of the best of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) from Aalto’s portfolio of vineyard sites. The palate is alive with velvety black fruits, with  a clean, mineral edge and wrapped in cedar and smoke to add a degree of richness and texture. Very finely balanced now but a wine that is made for the long haul. As this wine may contain some sediment, it is recommended it is decanted prior to serving. 

Food Matching: Think Spanish fayre. Hearty bean and meat dishes or a rustic tapas selection will work magically.  

Grape Variety100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)  

Region: DO Ribera del Duero, Spain
VineyardLa Horra and La Aguilera 
Age of the Vineyard: Between 60 and 100 years old
Time of Harvest: Second Fortnight of October
Altitude: 750-900m       

Harvest Method: Hand picked 
Viticulture & Winemaking: Grapes are handpicked in 15kg trays and inspected carefully on the sorting table. This vintage had a very cold and dry winter which led to one of the rainiest springs in recent years, with showers lasting until June 24. These climatic conditions brought late budding and enhanced vigour in the vines. Veraison (change of colour of maturing berries) was also delayed compared with average dates in Ribera del Duero. Summer was very dry with moderate temperatures. As a result, the phenolic maturation (accumulation of colour in the skins) progressed more rapidly that the alcoholic ripening (accumulation of sugar in the pulp). These circumstances forced waiting until mid-October to start harvesting. Fortunately, the weather remained dry and, in spite of a mild frost, the grapes progressed to perfect ripening while retaining a fantastic acidity. Fermentation in stainless steel, Worden and concrete tanks. Pre- or post-maceration depending on the vintage. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks (85%) and in barrels (15%). 100% of wine is oaked for 27 months in new French oak.
Oak Ageing: 100% of wine is oaked for 27 months in new French oak.
Winemaker: Mariano Garcia  

Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Volume: 750ml
Residual Sugar: 2.48 gr/ litre
Standard Drinks: 8.6
Best Served: 15°-16°
Cellaring:  Offers a drinking window after it's initial evolution extending from now to 2028+