New Press - The Wine Enthusiast, November 2018

Nov 09, 2018

Cellar Selection  review by The Wine Enthusiast Editor Michael Schachner. You may click the wine name to read more details and reviews. 

Astrales 2015 Christina (Ribera del Duero); $90, 93 points:   

I’m much more familiar with Garnacha Blanca from Catalonia than Aragon, but this is a very convincing rendition of the variety.  Medium-bodied, with open fruit flavors recalling white melon, tangerine and autumn pear, this is quite juicy and flavorful when first sipped, but then shows a more taut, citrus character in the finish.  This sensory transition from a broad fore-palate to a linear aftertaste will help this work well with a very wide variety of foods, including anything from a roasted chicken to shellfish dishes such as shrimp or mussels.  Delicious, and a very attractive bargain. 

93  Michael Schachner Nov 9, 2018