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Astrales

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A Ribera del Duero red that breaks from stereotypes

Astrales
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tinto Fino
Designation of Origin: D.O. Ribera del Duero
Production area: Castilla y León
Winery: Los Astrales
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tinto Fino
D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)
Winery: Los Astrales
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Astrales

Astrales is a single-variety Tinto Fino red wine made by Bodegas Astrales in the D.O. Ribera del Duero, Spain.

The winery is owned by the Romera de la Cruz family, the third generation of a family of winegrowers, with advice from Eduardo García, son of the renowned oenologist Mariano García, creator of great wines like Aalto, San Román and Mauro.

Currently Bodegas Los Astrales is led by prestigious winemakers José Hidalgo Togores and Ana Martín Onzain, both with a strong track record and extensive experience of making great wines in Spain.

Astrales is made with Tinto Fino, the classic Ribera del Duero variety. The clusters come from old vines with an average age of 45 years and spread across several small plots with clay-calcareous soils and boulders. The harvest is carried out manually, and the grapes are transferred by gravity to a 50-hl tank where they macerate for 15 days and undergo alcoholic fermentation with their native yeasts. The resulting wine ages for 18 months in French oak barrels.

Astrales is a Ribera del Duero red wine that breaks all the area’s stereotypes and offers a great balance of fruit and wood.

Serve at 15.0ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Stews, Game birds, White roasted meat, Beans and pulses, Roasted red meats, Mature cheese, Game animals, Roasted lamb, Roasted chicken

Tasting notes Astrales

Astrales 2016 is a red wine with aromas of ripe black fruit on the nose, with balsamic touches and subtle toasted notes. On the palate it is powerful and has excellent length. A broad and balanced wine with a structure that gives it a good aging potential.
The 2015 vintage started with a winter that had good groundwater reserves. The spring was warm and dry until well into the month of June, when there were intense rainfall at the beginning of the blooming. A summer with some well spread out storms gave way to a very dry autumn. The harvest was slightly ahead of the usual dates, but the analytical and organoleptic features, and the balance of the berries, were ideal. Thus enabled the harvest to take place at the optimal ripening time. The wines from this vintage, which was classified as excellent, have a good colour intensity, significant fruity notes on the nose and a high tannic potential in the mouth, with sweet tannins that indicate the good phenolic ripening of the berries. A vintage reminiscent of the exceptional 2005 vintage.
After the withering in a mild winter, the warm start of spring brought sprouting forward by almost 10 days. The summer, which was quite cool and dry, enabled the good evolution of the growth cycle and a balanced ripening. This was a vintage without setbacks. Worth mentioning is the high production of this vintage due to good climatic behaviour during the harvest. The wines from this vintage have great colour intensity, and a high fruity expression on the nose and in the mouth. Their balance and tannic potential stand out; these features show us the great potential to produce great wines for ageing, and for lighter and fruitier productions.
This was a complicated year. Although the sprouting of the vines was slightly early, the low temperatures recorded during the spring delayed the growth cycle, which no longer recovered in the summer, despite having a warm month of July. The harvest was carried out at a fast pace, and with the extra effort of the viticulturers, who discarded the fruit that did not meet the optimal conditions. This way, they made sure that they avoided the probable effect of the botrytis attacks due to the rains they had around this time. The wines from this vintage, rated as a good one, offer good colour intensity, great fruit expression and a lot of freshness.
Regarding climate, the 2012 vintage started with the sprouting of the vines in the beginning of spring with the cooler temperatures. In May, generous rainfall and high temperatures gave way to a generalised drought throughout the summer. Luckily, the rains started at the onset of the ripening. The precipitations at the beginning of October, and the nice temperatures during the harvest, resulted in the a uniform phenolic ripening. The wines from this vintage have a good alcoholic strength, balanced by moderate levels of acidity, with a good colour and phenolic intensity, and a suitable level of tannins, all important features for a perfect ageing.
Sight Picota cherry colour, high robe, with purpleish hues. Clean and bright. Pretty, dense, slow-falling tears stain the glass. Nose High intensity, clean and direct. Fresh, tart, ripe and even liquorice red fruit accompanied by roasted, creamy, mineral touches. When opened out, these aromas evolve adding spicy and floral notes. Complex and elegant. Taste On the palate this red wine is powerful, juicy and elegant. Silky and tasty with an intense fruity flavor full of smoky and spicy hints. Very good acidity. Intense and ripe tannins. Long and very persistent finish.
Sight Picota cherry colour, high robe, with purpleish hues. Clean and bright. Pretty, dense, slow-falling tears stain the glass. Nose High intensity, clean and direct. Fresh, tart, ripe and even liquorice red fruit accompanied by roasted, creamy, mineral touches. When opened out, these aromas evolve adding spicy and floral notes. Complex and elegant. Taste On the palate this red wine is powerful, juicy and elegant. Silky and tasty with an intense fruity flavor full of smoky and spicy hints. Very good acidity. Intense and ripe tannins. Long and very persistent finish.
Sight Deep cherry red, with high robe and violet trims. Dense legs, which slid slowly through the glass. Nose Intense and strong. The notes of fruit (especially red) show many nuances of freshness, acidicity, maturity and even a touch of licorice. They emerge along with toasted, lactic and mineral touches. When it opens up, these aromas evolve and spicy and floral are added to the bucquet. Complex and elegant nose. Taste Powerful, juicy and elegant wine. Wide attack in which the wine fills the mouth. Silky and tasty mid palate, with an intense load of fruit, full of smoky and spicy notes. Tannins are well integrated (they will finish polished as time goes by). Creamy, fresh and warm, complex. Long and very persistent.
Sight Deep cherry red, with high robe and violet trims. Dense legs, which slid slowly through the glass. Nose Intense and strong. The notes of fruit (especially red) show many nuances of freshness, acidicity, maturity and even a touch of licorice. They emerge along with toasted, lactic and mineral touches. When it opens up, these aromas evolve and spicy and floral are added to the bucquet. Complex and elegant nose. Taste Powerful, juicy and elegant wine. Wide attack in which the wine fills the mouth. Silky and tasty mid palate, with an intense load of fruit, full of smoky and spicy notes. Tannins are well integrated (they will finish polished as time goes by). Creamy, fresh and warm, complex. Long and very persistent.

Ratings

  • Atkin 87
  • Parker 92
  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 93
  • Peñin 93
  • Parker 93
  • Parker 92
  • Decántalo 91
  • Decántalo 91
  • Parker 91
  • Peñin 91
  • Winespectator 88
  • Decántalo 91
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 92
  • Decántalo 90
  • Parker 92
  • Peñin 91

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Ribera del Duero

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Excellent
2014 Very good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Excellent
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Good
2005 Very good
2004 Excellent
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O. Ribera del Duero

Winery Los Astrales

Ribera del Duero wine is one of the most prestigious wines in Spain. Red wines made with Tinto Fino variety grapes, with highly complex aromas, fine on the palate and with a great storage capacity. The wines of Ribera del Duero present a perfect balance between the vividness of the fruit and the refinement of the wood, which has led to them obtaining a well-deserved international acclaim.

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