NEW SCORES OF OUR 2015 VINTAGE, BY JEB DUNNUCK.

By March 16, 2018 Press

2015 AALTO RIBERA DEL DUERO: 95 POINTS

The 2015 Aalto is a gorgeous wine, and even at the retail price of $50, is a value. Loaded with notions of blackberry and cassis fruits, vanilla, graphite, and high-class oak, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, has beautiful concentration, and ripe, polished tannin. It certainly has a modern slant, yet is balanced, has terrific purity, and a great finish. Give it a few years.

2015 AALTO RIBERA DEL DUERO PS: 98 POINTS

Even better, the 2015 Aalto PS (Pagos Seleccionada) is 100% Tinto Fino brought up all in French oak. From vineyards planted 80 to100 years ago, it offers drop dead gorgeous notes of black fruits, toasty oak, lead pencil, and liquid violets. Deep, layered, and powerful on the palate, with full-bodied richness and a huge finish, drink this pure, balanced Ribera del Duero anytime over the coming two decades. I wouldn’t be surprised if it keeps even longer.