Astrales Christina 2011

Region: Ribera del Duero D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino
Vintage: 2011
Color: Red

This wine is produced from a selection of best grapes from the 90 year old Fuente Santa vineyard. They come from lower yielding vines averaging 3,500 kg/ha. All grapes were manually harvested into small boxes. The wine was fermented in a 5,000 kg wooden vat with native yeasts and saw 15 days contact with skins. After fermentation the wine was racked to oak barrels and underwent a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 20 months in 100% New French oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered and without clarification.

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View from the Cellar 91 The 2011 Astrales “Christina” is also 14.5 percent octane, so the one hundred percent new oak that this cuvée is raised in shows a bit more with the higher alcohol. The bouquet is new oaky, but not badly done in this style, offering up scents of plums, black cherries, cigar wrapper, dark soil tones, a nice touch of tempranillo spices and smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully detailed, with again, just a bit of backend heat showing on the long, moderately tannic finish. Interestingly, though the perception of new oak is slightly more obvious on the nose, the wood is beautifully integrated on the palate and is really quite seamless today. I would have loved to have seen it a touch lower in octane, but this is the vintage, and the wine is very, very well done in this slightly riper style. 2017-2035+.
Jan/Feb 2017
The Wine Enthusiast 93 Black in color and inky on the nose, this ultra-concentrated, superripe Tempranillo is smoky and toasty, with accents of graphite along with blackberry. An extracted, dense palate is braced by solid tannins and healthy acids. Blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors conclude this rich, flashy wine. Drink 2016–2021.
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Online Exclusive, Michael Schachner, April 1, 2015
The Wine Advocate 93+ The 2011 Christina is produced with Tempranillo grapes from a single vineyard, not necessarily the same every vintage (to adapt to the different climatic conditions of each year). In 2011, it is from Fuentesanta, a slope vineyard in Anguix (Burgos) planted some 80 years ago with 2,500 plants per hectare on clay and sand soils. The wine aged for 22 months in brand new French oak barrels. It has a very oaky, showy and smoky nose with notes of bacon, roasted seeds, spice aromas and plenty of vanilla and cinnamon. The fruit is black and in the background. The palate is full-bodied, with lots of tannin, high extract, is very dry, ripe and extremely powerful and in need of a good couple of years in bottle. Drink 2016-2021.
Issue 214, August 2014
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93 Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berries, cola and violet on the intensely perfumed nose. Lush and expansive on the palate, offering sappy black and blue fruit flavors with sweet vanilla and mocha nuances. Picks up a smoky quality with air and finishes with superb clarity and length and smooth, fully absorbed tannins. One could drink this now but it has the balance to age.
"Focus on Spain" Issue 176, Sept/Oct 2014
Wine Spectator 90 Black cherry, boysenberry, and cola flavors mingle in this expressive red. Features a plush texture, supported my firm underlying tannins and bright acidity. This is engaging, in a fruity style, but with solid structure. Drink now through 2020.
Issue 3906, August 2014
International Wine Review 95 The 2011 Christina is sourced from a 90-year old single vineyard. Denser and more concentrated than the regular Australes, and fermented and aged in new oak, it offers a silky texture, rich density of dark fruit flavors with toasted oak notes and minerals, and a long finish. Only 350 cases produced.
Report 49: The Best of Spain, July 2015