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AALTO Tinto Fino 2012

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94 Pts. Wine Spectator - #6 Top 100 Wine of 2015 - "This red shows focus and density with rich flavours of plum, blackberry, cocoa, liquorice and mineral. The structure is muscular but graceful, featuring ripe fruit, complemented by savoury notes that keep this balanced and fresh. Best from 2016 to 2032."


17.5/ 20 Pts. - 'Powerful and dark and spicy.'

92 Pts. Guía Peñin

92 Pts. Stephen Tanzer

A unique opportunity to sample, and even lay down, one of the Top 100 wines of the year in 2015. A deep ruby red. On the nose a floral quality emerges, then deeper notes of cherry, raspberry and sweet spice. On the palate, noble spiced liquorice, strawberry and tobacco notes. The velvet tannins support flavours that grow in depth and complexity, with dark cherry and mulberry fruit flavours dominating the finish. This is a wine that is a pleasure to drink now, and if properly cellared, will evolve to further complexity and roundness, at least for many years to come.

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
VineyardVineyards located in 7 villages in the province of Burgos, along with grapes from younger vines that were planted 15 years ago in 2 villages of the province of Valladolid. 
Age of the Vineyard: Between 15 and 80 years old
Time of Harvest: 2nd October
Altitude: 750-900m      

Harvest Method: Hand picked 
Viticulture & Winemaking: Grapes are handpicked in 15kg trays and inspected carefully on the sorting table. They use a low temperature chamber to cool harvested grapes prior to de-stemming and use gravity to move grapes and musts around the winery, thus avoiding aggressive pumps. Fermentation in wood, concrete and stainless steel tanks designed by the winery. Two underground oak-ageing halls offer excellent natural conditions to allow perfect malolactic fermentation in wood and gentle, controlled barrel ageing. Aged for 20 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak. Half of the barrels were new and half ranging from one to three years old.
Oak Ageing: 100% oaked for 20 months, 85% French oak and 15% American oak barrels. Half of the barrels were new and half from 1 to 3 years old.
Winemaker: Mariano Garcia 

Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Volume: 750ml
Residual Sugar: 1.4 gr/ litre
Standard Drinks: 8.6
Best Served: 16°-18°
Cellaring:  'Best from 2016 to 2032.' Wine Spectator