2008 Aalto 750ml

Spain - Castilla y Leon - Ribera del Duero/ Red / Tempranillo   |     Watch

IWC 90(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

Bright purple. Pungent, intensely perfumed nose displays black and blue fruits, violet, Indian spices and a lively, peppery note. Sweet and lush on entry, then smoky and intense in the middle, offering brawny blackberry and mulberry flavors and suggestions of bitter chocolate and cracked pepper. Ripe but fresh, with a juicy, long finish that features notes of smoke and blackberry. This is pretty powerful for the vintage and deserves some patience.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 159

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: kevinfarnham
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/30/2012
Drink Dates: 2013-2028

Rating: 94
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/24/2015
Drink Dates: 2015-2022
a truly wonderful ribera del duoro; mellow and smooth but plenty of complex dark fruit blended in with the oaky tannins

Rating: 93
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/07/2012
Earthy, with dark currants, blackberry and spices, with some herbal notes. The briars and spices remind me of Zinfandel, but this is a much deeper and more complex wine than Zinfandel. Great finish.

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

96 bottles owned by 20 collectors.

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About This Producer


Founded in 1999 and located in Ribera del Duero, on Spain's north-central plateau, Bodegas Aalto produces critically acclaimed wines from old vine (30- to 90-years old) Tempranillo. Aged for two or more years in a combination of new and neutral French and American oak, Aalto's wines are on track to compete with the neighboring Ribera estates of Vega Sicilia and Tinto Pesquera.

Wine Varietal: Tempranillo


Tempranillo is Spain's noble grape. Grown mostly in northern Spain, some of the best Tempranillo wine comes from the regions of Rioja and the Ribera del Duero. This grape enjoys cooler climates and is sensitive to pests and adverse weather conditions. While Tempranillo can be bottled alone, it is often blended with other Spanish grapes such as Grenache, Carignan, and more recently, Cabernet Sauvignon. Tempranillo is also grown in the Duero region of Portugal where the grapes are commonly blended to make Port. Tempranillo wines may be consumed young, but are regarded as being at their best when aged. There are a multitude of synonyms for Tempranillo depending on where it is grown. Typical descriptors for Tempranillo include berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather, meat and herbs.

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