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Astrales Christina

Astrales Christina
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A velvety and sensual red from the Ribera del Duero

Astrales Christina
Red wine Barrel. 18 months in French oak barrels.
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.
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 Christina

Astrales Christina is a single-variety Tinto Fino red wine made by Bodegas Los Astrales in Anguix (Burgos) in the D.O. Ribera del Duero.

Bodegas Los Astrales is a family winery now run by the third generation of the Romera de la Cruz family. They are advised by Eduardo García, son of Mariano García, who was responsible winemaking successes like Mauro, San Román and Aalto. Bodegas Los Astrales is currently run by prestigious winemakers José Hidalgo Togores and Ana Martín Onzain, both of whom have extensive experience as creators of some of the best wines in Spain.

Bodegas Los Astrales has 29 hectares of vineyards in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, with plots over 80 years old. No herbicides are used in the vineyard and an effort is made to preserve all the surrounding fauna to maintain balance, always taking maximum care of the vines and their surroundings.
The Astrales Christina wine is made with the Tinto Fino variety, from grapes growing on the oldest vines in the Pago de Fuentesanta, which are over 100 years old. The vines are planted on clayey-calcareous soils with boulders.

The harvest is carried out manually, with the grapes selected in the vineyard and in the winery. The grapes ferment in 50 hectolitre stainless steel tanks with native yeasts, and macerate in the same place for 15 days. The resulting wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and ages for 18 months on its lees in new, extra fine grain French oak barrels.

The Astrales Christina wine is part of the Bodegas Astrales family collection and showcases the full character of the Ribera del Duero in a velvety, elegant and sensual manner.
Serve at 17.0ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Grilled lamb, Pork stew, White meat with sauce, Roasted chicken, Roasts

Tasting notes Astrales Christina

Astrales Christina 2016 is a red wine with aromas of black fruits on the nose, accompanied by toasted, spicy and mineral nuances. On the palate it is broad and powerful. This red wine is concentrated but sweet, velvety and elegant. It will age well in the bottle for a few years.
Astrales Christina 2015 is a deep red wine that is powerful and concentrated. A vintage with excellent quality that reveals a distinguished nose, aromas of ripe black and red fruit on a toasted base note with elegant spicy notes. On the palate it is voluminous, meaty and highly lingering.
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.
2010 started with heavy frosts in winter and spring, causing a delay in the commencement of the growth cycle. Above all, this situation marked the vintage with a low yield harvest. This delay of the growth cycle was offset by a slightly mild but good ripening. This fact resulted in wines with greater structure, floral wines with very ripe fruit in compote, a little less acid than the 2009 vintage, but with an excellent quality and with a long life ahead. The low production and the excellent ripening helped classify this vintage as excellent.

Ratings

  • Decántalo 93
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 91
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 93

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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