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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com,  Stephen Tanzer (ST) from www.wineaccess.com and Wine Spectator (WS) and taken from www.winespectator.com
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    AALTO
A top Ribera Del Duero domaine, making powerful, well structured, long lasting wines.

RP: Bodegas y Vinedos Aalto is a partnership between legendary vigneron Mariano Garcia and Javier Zaccagnini, former President of the governing body of the Ribera del Duero DO. Aalto is sourced from 7 different villages on a variety of soils with vineyard age ranging from 40-100 years and was aged for 24 months in French and American oak.
   
 
23
75cl
'AALTO'
Aalto
Ribera del Duero

RP/Luis Gutierrez -
The 2015 Aalto has contained ripeness for the warm and dry conditions of the year, and I find it surprisingly fresh and balanced. It's still a concentrated wine that is generously oaked, round, lush and with a great combination of power and elegance. Different plots are fermented and aged separately, some in new barrels and others in used ones. It's very approachable and ready. Really impressive in its style. One of the finest vintages of Aalto in recent times.
2015 £33.00 RP94
2018-26
 
42
75cl
'AALTO PS'
Aalto
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The 2010 Aalto was assembled and ready for bottling when I visited the winery. It is already showing great precision and focus on the nose with vanilla-tinged dark cherry and cassis fruit, followed by an undertow of candied orange peel.
The palate is already displaying wonderful balance, with supple, very fine tannins and a luscious, sweet candied finish that offers blood orange and tangerine-infused dark fruit.
There is a crisp theme of acidity to keep everything balanced. This is very promising.
2010 £78.00 RP94
2016-30

This is the score and review notes for the standard Aalto wine, as the PS has not been reviewed yet.

This means the PS will even be better!

 

6
150cl
'AALTO PS'
Aalto
Ribera del Duero

As above but MAGNUMS
2010 £150.00 RP94
2016-30

This is the score and review notes for the standard Aalto wine, as the PS has not been reviewed yet.
           
    DOMINO de PINGUS
A top Ribera del Duero estate who use Organic Methods in all the wine making. Their top wine "Pingus" is very sought and sells at £300 per bottle!
Their 2nd wine  "Flor de Pingus" is also of great quality, and represents great value compared to the top wine.
   
Peter Sisseck, a Dane trained in Bordeaux, was dispatched to Ribera del Duero, Spain, in 1990. 
From the start, Sisseck aimed to produce top quality wines in small quantities. He consequently sought out particular terroir and parcels of ancient vines. Pingus was the first wine he produced independently and it was a triumph.
It soared to worldwide acclaim, as did Peter’s reputation as a truly gifted winemaker.
Flor de Pingus then followed. 

Pingus is fully biodynamic and Flor is moving in that direction.
PSI Pingus is a new innovative project; 2007 being the first vintage.
8
75cl
PSI
  Domino de
Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The 2011 PSI is pure Tempranillo from a diversity of small plots of old vineyards in different zones of the Burgos province, always north of the Duero river. The grapes fermented in cement vats and aged in a combination of used barrels from Pingus, oak vats and cement tanks. It is a bright ruby red, with notes of plums and very well-integrated wood. But what really surprised me is the palate: still medium-bodied, somehow austere and lineal, straight rather than round, not showing the warmth of the vintage or alcohol at all. It only shows some toasty notes that are not excessive and that should disappear with a bit of time in the bottle.
2011 £24.00 RP92
2014-22
4
75cl
PSI
  Domino de
Pingus
Ribera del Duero

RP -
The PSI is bestowed with an elegant bouquet with fresh raspberry, wild strawberry and crushed rose petals wafting gently from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins on the entry. It is well balanced with slightly gourmand, red fruit laced with tobacco and a subtle saline tincture towards the finish.
2008 £18.00 RP86
2011-21

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    LA RIOJA ALTA
“La Rioja Alta was founded in the town of Haro in 1890. They own 450 hectares of vineyard from which their entire portfolio is sourced, predominantly Tempranillo complemented by Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Another tenet is their use of American rather than French oak. The wood is cured for two years outdoors before being shaped and hammered into barrels at their own cooperage. Quite simply, these are some of the finest Rioja's that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from.” Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #202, Aug 2012
   
GREAT Quality RIOJAS!
38
75cl
FINCA SAN MARTIN
Rioja Crianza
La Rioja Alta

A lovely every day "Drinking Wine" to accompany light meals; or just by itself!
2010 £12.00 2013-22
34
75cl
TORRE DE ONA MARTELO
Rioja Reserva
La Rioja Alta

New Wine/Background:

This wine is from a single
2 hectare plot at their Torre de Ona estate in Rioja Alavesa.
La Rioja Alta have dedicated a considerable amount of time and money into perfecting the wine and this is the first vintage of Martelo that they have released.
They have spent 20 years identifying the best parcel of the estate –this is a true labour of love.

 

It is predominantly Tempranillo with small amounts of Mazuelo, Garnacha and Viura and spends 24 months in 80% American and 20% French oak barrels. It represents a departure to a slightly more modern style for this bastion of traditional winemaking. The results are brilliant and they see this as being one of their prestige wines in years to come.

2012 £27.00 Tim Atkin90
2018-30
4
75cl
'VIÑA ALBERDI'
Rioja Reserva
La Rioja Alta

RP -
The 2010 Viña Alberdi is a Tempranillo blend from different vineyards from what they consider an extraordinary vintage. This wine is matured in American oak barrels built by their own coopers, the first year in new barrels and the second one in third-year barrels with four manual rackings. This is the younger of their wines, with even some red berry aromas and spicy oak, quite harmonious. The palate is lively, balanced and polished, with tasty flavours and bright acidity. Delicious.
Great value for money.
2010 £15.00 RP91
2016-22

TOP Vintage!

5
75cl
'GRAN RESERVA 904'
Rioja Reserva
La Rioja Alta

RP/Luiz Gutierrez -
This super classical cuvée showcases the wines from Haro, silky and elegant after long aging in oak and a good future in bottle.
2009 was a powerful vintage, ripe but with good balance. The blend is approximately 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, fermented in stainless steel with a 78-day natural malolactic.
The palate is polished but has some clout, with clean, focused flavours and a long, spicy and tasty finish. This represents good value for the quality it delivers.
2009 £42.00 RP/LG95+
2018-34
           
    RODA
A Top Domaine that has been making quality Rioja's sine 1987.

Their philosophy is to transmit the authentic character of each vintage through its wine.
They are one of the most classic of Rioja's modern wineries.
   
Full bodied yet elegant Rioja's!
31
75cl
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
This is one of the warmest years for Roda, a ripe and heady, hedonistic vintage. What I like about the wine is that it does not display any signs of over ripeness, perhaps because of some cooler days in July that slowed things down. The nose is serious and without excess, with the oak also perfectly integrated into the fruit, which is in the foreground. The palate is also terribly balanced, with very fine tannins. This is very pleasant and tasty. This wine has a profile to be a great commercial success.
2011 £25.00 RP92
2016-24
19
75cl
RODA I
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
The 2006 Roda I Reserva has a sultry bouquet with brambly black fruit, briar, and a touch of dried rose petal, all with fine delineation. The palate is tannic and masculine on the entry. It is well-defined with touches of dried blood and spice, the fruit opting to remain in the background and allowing intriguing spicy, savoury notes to dominate the middle and finish. It deserves another three of four years in bottle so that it can fully express itself.
2006 £36.00 RP90
2015-25
25
75cl
RODA I
Rioja Reserva
Bodegas RODA

RP -
The 2004 vintage was a great one in Rioja (as it was in the rest of Spain). The 2004 Roda I Reserva is purple-coloured with an expressive, youthful bouquet of wood smoke, espresso, incense, tobacco, black cherry, and blackberry. Structured on the palate, it has enough ripe tannin to evolve for another 6-8 years. Sweetly fruited, it has superior depth and concentration, layered savoury flavours, and a lengthy, pure finish.
2004 £46.00 RP94
2014-34
 
           
           
 

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