Bodegas Aalto Tempranillo 2002 (Ribera del Duero, Spain) "...blueberry, roasted meat, licorice..."
AALTO is a wine project founded by Mariano García and Javier Zaccagnini in the prestigious Ribera del Duero Spanish wine region.
The aim of the project is to obtain the highest possible quality from the terroir of Ribera del Duero and develop a great wine that, after 15 to 20 years of serious work, based on the expertise of Mariano and the management of Javier, would be comparable in quality to the great wines of the world.
The project was born in February 1999 with the financial support of several Spanish wine enthusiasts and investors.
"A strong effort in a challenging vintage, this 2002, the creation of Vega Sicilia’s former winemaker, Mariano Garcia, possesses a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a sumptuous perfume of licorice, blueberries, cassis, roasted meats, and incense. Broad and flavorful with low acidity as well as ripe tannin, it will drink well for 7-8 years. (6/30/2005) 90 points Wine Spectator: "This polished red delivers a beam of black cherry and plum fruit, with accents of mineral and coffee, on a solid, balanced frame. The smoky vanilla oak is well-integrated, and the finish is long and spicy." - 91 Points, Wine Advocate