The autumn and winter were very dry being the average rainfalls 60% less compared to a normal year. The warm temperatures at the end of winter and the beginning of spring led to an early bud break of the vines. At the end of April and beginning of May polar winds brought frosts in North Spain resulting in an important loss. Fortunately, August late’s rains were very beneficial and plants reached full ripeness. We began picking on the 19th September. We were very satisfied with the quality and the healthy state of the grapes as they went into our winery.
Aalto PS 2017
100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) primarily from very old vines – 60 to 90 years old- from selected plots in La Horra and La Aguilera. The harvest was done by hand, in small boxes of 15 kilos and thoroughly inspected, bunch by bunch, on the selection table.
Deep purple red colour. On the nose notes of cherry and raspberry with subtle aromas of spice and well integrated wood emerge. The palate is fresh with high density and volume. The typical flavours of the Tempranillo are all present — liquorice, roasted coffee and fresh tobacco. This avine is smooth and could be drunk from the first moment because of its roundness, balanced tannins and good acidity. AALTO 2017 will gain complexity over the years.
Average oak ageing
Malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aged for 19 months in 100% new French oak.
RATING BY D.O. REGULATORY CONTROL BOARD
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|Vintage||R.Parker||Guía Peñín||Guía Gourmets||Wine Spectator||Decanter||Tim Atkin|
|2016||94 – 95||95||98||95||–||–|