Astrales Christina 2012

Region: Ribera del Duero D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino
Vintage: 2012
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.

Decanter Awards 2015

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Publication Score Comments
Vinous 93 (malolactic fermentation and 20 months of aging in new French oak barrels): Bright purple. Heady, oak-spiced aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, expansive and alluringly sweet, with deeply concentrated boysenberry and vanilla flavors given lift and spine by juicy acidity and an intense mineral quality; at once rich and nervy. Finishes with smooth tannins and outstanding thrust. From a single plot of vines reportedly planted over 90 years ago. 2020 – 2025
Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
December 2015
Wine Spectator 94 Licorice, mineral and sanguine flavors frame a deep well of currant and blackberry notes in this expressive red. Muscular tannins and balsamic acidity support the broad texture, giving way to floral and espresso details. Flamboyant. Best from 2017 through 2027.
Issue August 31, 2015
Decanter World Wine Awards NA Creamy vanilla and clove aromas on this modern, savoury Ribera. Sweet oak, velvet tannins and smooth, classy style.
Commended Award 2015