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.
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Bodegas los Astrales clearly has some of the top vineyards in the region, as their 2013 is nearly as refined as their 2014 version, which is one of the most elegant examples of Ribera del Duero I have tasted not made by Goyo Garcia! The 2013 Astrales is beautifully perfumed on the nose, wafting from the glass in a mix of plums, black raspberries, cigar wrapper, a hint of balsamic tones, a good base of soil, lead pencil and a bit of oak spice. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely suave on the attack, with a good core, fine focus and grip and a long and slightly chewy backend, with a touch of the oak tannins perking up the finish. This is not quite as elegant as the beautiful 2014 version, as the wood is not as seamlessly integrated, but this is still good juice in the making. 2020-2045+. Jan/Feb 2017
(aged for 20 months in new and used French and American oak barrels) Bright ruby. Highly perfumed cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of spicecake, vanilla and candied licorice. Sappy, appealingly sweet blackberry, cherry-vanilla and floral pastille flavors show very good depth as well as vivacity, and a bright mineral note adds back-end cut. Picks up a spicy note on the persistent finish, which features a subtle mocha quality and silky tannins that sneak in slowly. Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017
“Flavorful and intense red with great purity of fruit on the nose. Fresh strawberries, raspberries and mint meet clove undertones. Full-bodied with silky tannins and a very long, fresh and savory finish. Drink now.” Galicia, Canary Islands lead the charge on Spain’s bright future
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Wine & Spirits Magazine
Beware of this wine’s tannins: They ask for a good cut of meat as soon as they enter the mouth. Probably a wiser decision would be to save it for a couple of years, when those tannins have mellowed enough to let you fully enjoy the ripe red fruit flavors and exotic spices. That’s when you should open it for lechazo, the traditional roasted baby lamb of the area. June 2017 issue