Bodegas Aalto | Ribera del Duero
With over a decade of vintages under their belt, Bodegas Aalto has well and truly established itself as one of the great wines of both Ribera del Duero and Spain in general. Hardly surprising, given that it is a collaboration between Javier Zaccagnini and Mariano Garcia, the former an ex-director of Ribera’s Consejo Regulador, and the latter winemaker at Vega Sicilia for 30 years. In their modern, gravity fed winery the team receive the multiple plots in refrigerated rooms for sorting and de-stemming before parcel by parcel vinification down below. Ageing takes place in barriques with a selection of the finest plots, generally with a “heart” of wine from the great village of La Hora, being selected in great years to make Aalto PS (Pagos Seleccionados). The straight cuvée of Aalto tends to drink very well after three to four years, the PS often requiring more like six to ten.