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.
View from the Cellar
The 2014 Astrales Tinto from Bodegas Astrales is produced from forty year-old bush vines of tempranillo and raised in a combination of seventy percent French casks and thirty percent American barrels, with twenty percent of the oak new. The 2014 is 14.5 percent octane and offers up a really superb bouquet of cassis, black plums, cigar wrapper, a fine base of soil, a touch of balsam bough, woodsmoke and a very stylish and discreet framing of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and impressively light on its feet, with excellent nascent complexity, fine focus and grip, moderate tannins and very fine length on the well-balanced finish. This carries its 14.5 percent very well indeed and shows no signs of heat, but will need a few years in the cellar to let the tannins soften up a bit and the secondary layers of complexity to start to emerge. It is one of the most sophisticated bottles of Ribera del Duero I have tasted in a long time outside of the purview of Goyo Garcia! 2021-2050+. Jan/Feb 2017
(raised in new and used French and American oak barrels for 20 months) Opaque ruby. Vibrant red and dark berry and floral scents, along with suggestions of licorice, vanilla and pipe tobacco. Sweet and sharply focused on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors sharpened by a vein of zesty minerality. Densely packed yet lithe, delivering solid closing thrust; smooth tannins lend shape and gentle grip. I like the vivacity of this wine. Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017
The Wine Advocate
The 2014 Astrales is pure Tempranillo from different, younger and older Tempranillo vineyards, and matured in French and American oak barrels for 18 months. It has a sweet, fruit-driven nose with judicious oak that shows the hand of a winemaker. The palate is sleek and polished, also quite nicely crafted. 58,000 bottles. 2017 - 2022 Issue 229
March 1, 2017
Wine Review Online
The 2014 release of Astrales is a terrific success and a great example of the wonderful character that can be conjured from Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero. Dark and dense and deeply flavored, with lavish accents of toast, spices and smoke from oak aging, this has plenty of power to please lovers of big, rich wine. Yet it also displays considerable finesse, with very pure fruit flavors (dark cherry predominating) that ultimately outrun the wood notes, lending an overall sense of freshness and grace to the wine. As a result, you could pair this successfully with anything from a charcoal grilled steak to less assertive dishes like roasted pork or duck. it will benefit considerably from decanting, but take care not to let anyone else taste it after you pull the cork...or it will never last until dinner is actually served.