Robert Parker 93
The 2013 Aalto is a lighter wine, with less color, more freshness as it should be in a cooler vintage. It has a bright color which also denotes high acidity. The year was not easy and they had to work more on the origin of grapes: it has less from La Horra and more from La Aguilera, a cooler village, both in the province of Burgos, because in La Horra they had more frost problems. It’s aged in less than 30% new barrels and the oak feels better integrated, definitively less oaky than other vintages. The nose has a combination of red and black fruit, spicy aromas and a sense of freshness, with even some violets. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with very fine tannins, abundant but well padded by juicy fruit, good acidity and freshness. This is a lot more fluid and balanced, with better-integrated oak than in the past. This is a fresher Aalto that should age nicely in bottle. 175,000 bottles were filled in July 2015 after 18 months in barrel. 2013 has delivered the freshest bottles of Aalto so far, a lighter regular Aalto and one of the best PS to date.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2023
Deep ruby. Spicy, highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers and allspice, with a smoky overtone. Juicy, penetrating red berry, cherry-cola, spicecake and floral pastille flavors show very good energy, with zesty acidity providing lift. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the sexy floral finish. On the delicate side for Aalto–and likely to be approachable soon. This wine went though malo in large French oak vats and was then aged for 20 months in barriques, about a third of them new French (it’s normally 50% new) and the rest used French and American.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2023