2020 Aalto

56.95 47.07
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Ribera del Duero
Winery Aalto
Year 2020
Grape Tempranillo
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2034
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The Aalto is hot and for good reason. Great wine for lovers of a full, firm, complex wine. The winter was warm and there was rain at the end of this season. Spring was also rainy. The opening of the buds took place under humid and mild temperature conditions and there was only a little frost in the spring. June and July were warm and rainy, but not overly so. August brought a heat wave, followed by a few temperate days and light showers in September that favored the harvest of perfectly healthy and ripe grapes. All in all, 2019 was almost ideal in terms of conditions for a top wine.

The Aalto has a bright color with good acidity. Aalto has a voluminous taste and is medium to full bodied. The nose has intense aromas of fruit with light wood in the background. The wine is full and complex but without compromising freshness. It has the typical flavors of a (good) Tempranillo, such as licorice and black fruit and roasted coffee, spices and tobacco that remain nicely balanced through impeccable wood aging.

The Aalto is made from 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) from very old vines aged between 40 and 80 years. The Aalto is fermented in tapered stainless steel tanks, after which the wine remains in oak barrels for 18 months, of which 50% is new French oak and 50% is French and American oak for one to three years.

FACT : In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this wine.

Vineyard for 2020 Aalto


Aalto was founded in 1999 by Mariano Garcia and Javier Zaccagnini. Mariano Garcia, can look back on a thirty-year career in the renowned Vega Sicilia, and is widely regarded as Spain's number 1 winemaker. Thanks to him, Vega Sicilia has gained name and fame.

Javier Zaccagnini was president of the "Consejo Regulador" in Ribera del Duero for 6 years. As a result, both have built good contacts and friendships with the prominent owners of exceptional, unique vineyards in the best villages of the Ribera del Duero apellation. These owners are now suppliers of the finest Tinto Fino for Aalto and Aalto PS. Both gentlemen are true perfectionists, nothing is left to fate. Bodegas Aalto has approximately 42 hectares of vineyards of which 32 hectares are planted with blue grape varieties.

The grapes undergo a selection test on the Table de tri. At the slightest bump, the bunch of grapes is completely deposited. Afterwards everything runs according to gravity, so that sudden actions or the pumping of the wine is impossible, because Mariano and Javier designed the winery themselves. After a supply of 30 months exclusively on French oak, the selection is made between Aalto and Aalto PS. Their objective is to vinify a wine that attains the highest quality status within a period of 20 years.


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More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Ribera del Duero
Winery Aalto
Grape Tempranillo
Biological No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2034
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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