Mariano Garcia made the wines for Vega Sicilia, a Spanish icon, for 30 years before founding Aalto in 1999. This wine is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) from old vine vineyards. The wine ages on average of 20 months in 85% French oak, 15% American oak.
2017 was a more approachable vintage. The oak is well integrated and this vintage has more acidity than the previous vintage. What you end up getting is a spicy, smoky, toasted, showy red wine. Absolutely delicious right now and it will develop nicely over time.
94 pts. – Wine Spectator
94 pts. – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate