The Romero de la Cruz family has twenty nine hectares planted composed of Tinto Fino vines which were grafted with their own clones by means of mass selection. This wine is produced from 12 hectares comprised of 7 different vineyards, around the village of Anguix. The soils surrounding this village are composed of clay and sand leading to a finer texture of tannin in finished wines. Organic methods are followed (not certified).
Native yeast, relatively short macerations, and pumping over as opposed to punch downs, are key in maintaining all the fruit character and getting the highest bouquet intensity. Movement of the grapes proceeds by gravity throughout the winery with the goal of avoiding a rough extraction of tannins. The wine was aged 20 months in 80% French oak barrels and 20% American, 30% of which were new.
Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit preserve and lavender pastille scents are complemented by vanilla, anise and pipe tobacco. Sweet, broad and seamless, offering sappy blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that tighten up with aeration. The floral quality comes back emphatically on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves smoke and mineral notes behind. This suave, energetic wine spent 20 months in 80% French and 20% America oak barrels, a third of them new. 2019 – 2024 Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
The Wine Enthusiast
Hailing from a warm year, this smells heavy and raisiny, with crusty, toasty blackberry and plum scents. A wide, smooth palate shows soft but present tannins, while this tastes baked, with blackberry, loam and prune flavors. A toasty finish with a chocolate cake note confirms the wine’s ripeness. Best enjoyed 2016–2022. Issue September 2015
The Wine Advocate
I was very impressed with the 2012 Astrales, which has notes of flowers, Indian spices, tons of fruit and nicely integrated oak. It's compact, with no fissures, great balance and all components in sync, fine-grained tannins and good acidity. 54,000 bottles produced. Issue 221, October 2015
Wine Review Online
Technical director Eduardo Garcia turned in a terrific performance when crafting the 2012 Astrales, which shows virtually perfect balance and proportionality. At three years of age, it is already quite complex and easy to enjoy, though there is not the slightest hint of premature development. Layered aromas and flavors include notes of black cherry and blackberry along with accents recalling espresso bean, cocoa powder and baking spices. What little oak is still showing displays itself in such a subtle manner that it seems more like an extension of the fruit’s complexity than a distinct element. Rounded in texture and quite deep in flavor, the wine has enough definition and grip to work best with food, but the tannins are so fine-grained and polished in character that you’ll find yourself tempted to sip this on its own. My strong sense (based on long experience) is that other reviewers tend to under-score this wine because it is actually the second-tier offering from Los Astrales, with the flagship bottling being a very old-vine, 100% new French oak offering under the proprietary name of “Christina.” There’s no doubting that the Christina bottling is a truly sensational wine, but so too is this standard release, which is already irresistible but nevertheless sure to improve from at least five more years of cellaring. November 24, 2015 Issue
Dense and polished, this red delivers mouthfilling flavors of black cherry, cocoa, licorice and tobacco, with a balanced structure and a fresh finish. Focused, showing good energy. Drink now through 2022. Issue August 31, 2015
Atlanta Wine School Connect With Wine
The 2012 Astrales regular bottling is its customary 14.5 percent octane on the label and is absolutely beautiful on the nose, which wafts from the glass in a classy constellation of black cherries, sweet cassis, pomegranate, a touch of lead pencil, cigar ash, a nice touch of soil and a very discreet framing of spicy new wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very elegant in profile, with a fine black fruity core, excellent soil signature, blossoming complexity and a long, focused and moderately tannic finish. I do not know if this wine had a touch more new wood to it than the 2014 (which is the only one I had a technical sheet for), but I would guess that this was a touch higher than twenty percent new oak (this was a very short crop), as there is just a touch of backend wood tannin firming up the finish. This is a superb wine in the making, but it needs a few more years in the cellar to allow the tannins to more fully resolve. 2019-2045. Jan/Feb 2017
Decanter World Wine Awards
Exuberant fruit spread over fresh bread and brioche on the dense, plummy palate. Fine, fragrant oak laces through muscular, meaty layers, suggesting real potential. Accomplished and intense expression. Bronze Award 2015