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Aalto PS 2015

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Distrikt Ribera del Duero
Druvor Tempranillo
Fyllighet 10
Fruktsyra 10
Strävhet 10
Tillverkare Aalto
Artikelnr aa102
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Tasting notes:

Our flagship wine AALTO PS captures the unique character of our exceptional, old vine Tempranillo grapes. It is a wine where intensity meets finesse, as fine age-worthy tannins are balanced perfectly by sweet, complex fruit and spices. 2015 is a vintage of excellent quality and this warmer styled vintage lends the wine lots of power and depth. The nose offers up wonderful fresh fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum, atop carefully managed French oak. The palate displays typical Tempranillo flavours; bramble, liquorice and ink, with secondary notes of plum liqueur, coffee bean, fresh tobacco and sweet spices. PS 2015 is a layered, nuanced wine with structure. It will therefore benefit from at least one year’s bottle age but will improve significantly after three, and continue to evolve gracefully over the next decade.

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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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