- Añejamiento: 32 months in french and american oak
- País: España
- Región: Ribera del Duero
- Varietal: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo clone) sourced from 60 year old vineyards
- Vendimia: 2010
The Aalto PS is 100% Tinto Fino from vineyards over 60 years of age. It was aged for 32 months in 70% new French oak. Saturated in appearance, the wine offers up notes of pain grille, balsamic, crushed stone, floral notes, and wild black fruits. Exceptionally powerful, focused, and beautifully proportioned, this full-bodied wine is dense, rich, and structured for the long haul. Give this super-long, impressive effort a decade in the cellar and drink it from 2018 to 2040. Patient purchasers will be well rewarded".
– 98 points Jay Miller (Robert Parker, Wine Advocate)
Patience is a virtue quoth an anonymous philosopher¦and yes he was right, but sometimes it’s difficult to wait. We all knew about Bodegas Aalto several years ago. This was the new Mariano Garcia winery in Ribera del Duero founded in 1998. We all knew about Spanish hero Mariano Garcia. Among other things, he was winemaker at the prestigious Vega Sicilia for 30 years. He made great wines at Bodegas Mauro in Tudela de Duero, just outside the Ribera del Duero zone. His San Roman from Toro was one of that area’s best. He did consultation work in Rioja and Bierzo. His partner in the Bodegas Aalto venture is Javier Zaccagnini who was head of the Consejo Regulador de la Denominacion de Origen Ribera del Duero from 1992-1998, a period which witnessed many of the great changes in the region. This gave him the opportunity to know all the best and oldest vineyards in Ribera del Duero.
Aalto is taking a no-holds barred approach to wine quality. Two different wines will be made. Aalto PS, the first wine, will be produced only in very good vintages, and by careful selection of the best wines made that year. They envisage offering this wine 6 or 7 vintages each decade. Aalto, the second wine will still be made with great care and to a high standard; if the vintage isn't good enough there's a possibility that neither wine will be made. The grapes used for the wine all come from very old Tinto Fino vines. Tinto Fino is the Ribera del Duero clone of Tempranillo. The first two vintages for Aalto were 1999 and 2000 and in such little time, they are earning the worlds respect as one of the best wineries.