Aalto 2018 Ribera del Duero ~ 94RP View full size

Aalto 2018 Ribera del Duero ~ 94RP

AALTO 2018 RIBERA DEL DUERO ~ 100% Tinto Fino / Tempranillo ~ 15.0% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~

94RP / 95JD

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AALTO Bodegas y Viñedos
Mariano García
DO Ribera del Duero

12 bottles in stock


"The 2018 Aalto reflects the cooler conditions of the year, with a more austere profile, subtle aromas and a harmonious palate. This is a classic example of modern, ripe and well-oaked Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, which this year feels creamy, juicy and balanced. This follows the path of 2017 with integrated oak (they used only around 20% new oak) and a lively palate in a more drinkable and approachable style. They added some new vineyards from the zone of Boada where the soils are red and the wines bring freshness and lots of fruit. The wine had a shorter maceration with the skins and a softer vinification. This is finer and more balanced, with finesse but still very much recognizable as Aalto. 300,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2020."

"They have a new white first produced in 2019 and a non-vintage red blend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the winery. They are also going to release small lots of library releases. The 2018s reflect the cooler year and show more integrated oak, following the path of the 2017."

94 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #255 | 30 June 2021


"Starting with the 2018 Aalto (100% Tempranillo), this perennial winner boasts a deep purple hue as well as a rocking nose of black raspberry and cassis fruits interwoven with lots of Asian spices, cedarwood, lead pencil, chocolate, and graphite. Rich, full-bodied, and powerful, with a great mid-palate, it stays light on its feet and has a focused, pure texture, notable tannins, and a great finish."

95 Points | Jeb Dunnuck | | March 2021


"Deep purple red colour, as corresponds to old Tempranillo grapes. On the nose we perceive good fruit intensity, a great deal of freshness and hints of well integrated wood. On the palate we find all the elements one can expect from a great vintage: complexity, tannic structure, intensity and elegance. The typical flavours of our grape and our region are evident with liquorice, black berries, coffee, tobacco and spice, always within the distinct style of AALTO. This wine can be enjoyed now but will benefit from a time in the bottle, and will improve and gain complexity over many years if properly cellared."

Mariano García | AALTO Bodegas y Viñedos

  • Drink: 2021 - 2026
  • Production: 300.000 bottles
  • Treatment: 16 months in 20% new barrels of French and American oak
  • Packaging: In OCB[6]