Astrales 2014

Region: Ribera del Duero D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino
Vintage: 2014
Color: Red

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.


Publication Score Comments
The Wine Advocate 92 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