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Aalto 2016

Rött vin från Ribera del Duero

Distrikt Ribera del Duero
Druvor Tempranillo
Årgång 2016
Vatten MINVINO NO 4 PASSAR TILL KRAFTFULLA & SMAKRIKA RÖDA VINER exempelvis en klassisk Rioja eller Chateauneuf de Pape
Fyllighet 9
Fruktsyra 9
Strävhet 9
Tillverkare Aalto
Artikelnr aa104
Lagerstatus 12
I Lager
Avnjutes mellan 2018 - 2030

Se specifikation 2015

Se specifikation 2016

 

DATA OF THE ADDEDThe agricultural year began with a temperate and dry autumn, followed by an atypical winter for a continental climate, with mild temperatures, very rainy and few extreme frosts. In spring we had little rain and no late frosts. The sprouting was irregular in the Ribera del Duero, with a very dry and warm summer. At the end of August and the first of September, a heat wave arrived that caused some water stress to the vineyard, influencing the ripening. We started the harvest on September 26 and it lasted for 23 days. The grapes entered the winery in optimal sanitary conditions and with great quality.
ORIGIN OF THE GRAPE100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), mostly from very old vines, aged between 40 and 80 years old, from our vineyards in seven different villages in the Ribera del Duero region of Burgos, as well as the youngest grapes from our own vineyards in two towns in the province of Valladolid. The harvest is done by hand, in small boxes of 15 kilos and we inspected meticulously, cluster by cluster, in selection table.
CATA'S NOTESDark purple color, corresponding to the ripe Tempranillo. The nose has good fruit intensity, freshness and light touches of wood well integrated. The palate is complex, structured and elegant, with typical nuances of licorice, coffee, tobacco, black fruits and spices, always within the AALTO personality and style. This wine has a sweet character and can be drunk from the first moment, since it is round, with enveloping and balanced tannins, showing a good acidity. AALTO 2016 will gain complexity over the years.
AGING IN BARRELAverage aging of 17 months in 50% new barrels, of French and American oak.

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Pris
430kr
2579kr
(Antal flaskor / låda: 6)

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93/100
Gassås Wine: Mästerlig årgång
94/100
Robert Parker: It should age nicely
93-95 p It should age nicely When I tasted it, the 2016 Aalto had already been blended and taken out of the barrels, waiting to be bottled in a couple of weeks. It is still young and tender, with peachy aromas, a little creamy and with a soft palate where the tannins are fine-grained. In 2016, they used more vineyards, grapes from their own plots and others purchased from suppliers. They expect to fill some 280,000 bottles in late June 2018. 2016 was a higher-yielding year that provided fresh and balanced wines. It should age nicely

STORY

AALTO is a wine project founded in February 1999 by Mariano García and Javier Zaccagnini in the prestigious Ribera del Duero Spanish wine region.

aalto-story

Aalto winemaker Mariano García had been in charge of the wines at Vega Sicilia for 30 years, and managing director, Javier Zaccagnini had been the director of Ribera’s regulatory body, the Consejo Regulador, for six years.

Their aim was to obtain the highest possible quality from the terroir of Ribera del Duero and develop a great wine that, after 15 to 20 years of serious work, based on the expertise of Mariano and the management of Javier, would be comparable in quality to the great wines of the world. To be comparable in prestige would probably take about 100 years but the case of AALTO is different: in less than 16 years Mariano and Javier have achieved their goal.

vineyard

Three facts are significant in explaining the rapid ascent:

  1. The exceptional quality of old Tinto Fino clones (Tempranillo vines which have adapted to Ribera del Duero’s climate and soils). We believe that Tinto Fino can offer similar quality to the world’s best-known varieties: Cabernet in the Médoc, Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Syrah in the Rhône, etc.
  2. The considerable complexity of our soils (clay, limestone, sand and pebbles) combined with the microclimate of our region.
  3. The winemaking talent and vast experience of Mariano García.
vine-grapes

The key to AALTO’s complexity is the choice of the best fruit from across Ribera del Duero’s diverse terroirs. We now cultivate 110 hectares of old block Tinto Fino vines, made up of 200 plots, none bigger than 1 hectare sourcing from 9 different villages within the region. The top villages include Roa, La Horra, La Aguilera, Fresnillo and Moradillo.

Each plot is harvested and handled separately, with different oak treatments.

Up to the 2004 vintage we were making our wines at rented premises in Roa (Burgos) while our new bodega was being built in a 15 hectare estate that we own in Quintanilla de Arriba (Valladolid).

We designed and built a modern winery following strict criteria to ensure optimal winemaking conditions. We use a low temperature chamber to cool harvested grapes prior to de-stemming and harness gravity to move grapes and musts around the winery, thus avoiding aggressive pumps. We ferment in wood, concrete and stainless steel, employing tanks designed by us. Our two underground oak- ageing halls offer excellent natural conditions to allow perfect malolactic fermentation in wood and gentle, controlled barrel ageing.

barrels

Our 2005 vintage was completely made in the new bodega.

aalto-2012We offer two different wines:

  • AALTO: is the result of our extremely careful selection of grapes and expert winemaking. It is a wine of high quality and will be offered every year, except in those when we decide that the climate has not allowed for a perfect ripening of the grapes. This could happen one year out of ten. Aalto spends usually 20 months in oak: 50% new French, the other 50% one-to three-year-old French and American oak barrels.
  • aalto-ps-2011AALTO PS (Pagos Seleccionados): our top wine, made only in years when the quality of the harvest allows for the highest standards. This wine is a special and careful selection of the grapes that have reached and exceptional ripening, coming from the very best areas (called Pagos) of our vineyards. We expect to be able to offer this wine seven or eight vintages each decade. After its alcoholic fermentation, this wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in new barrels and is then aged for a further 24 months in 100% new French oak.

Both AALTO PS and AALTO are blended after ageing.

tanks

Aalto’s production has been steady at around 200.000 bottles, but is now increasing to 250.000. The production of the AALTO PS is no more than 10.000 bottles.

After 16 years, AALTO is widely regarded as one of the leading wineries in Ribera del Duero. Our wine AALTO PS has been elected the Spain’s Best Wine several times and the winery has been selected in Paris as one of the best 100 wineries in the world in Michel Bettane’s and Thiery Dessauve’s book.

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