Spanish wines are always a treat for us. We heard Joseph and Bibiana from Vin Sauvage were at Bleu Gourmet pouring their latest from Spain so we had to stop by.
Our favorite of the night is what Joseph called his "rock star" wine and he was right. The AALTO Ribera del Duero 2004 from Spain was magnificent.
In the glass is was purple/black and medium bodied. On the nose aromas of smoke, toast , vanilla , and blueberry/blackberry jam. The nose was outstanding and continued on the palate with the fruit and smoke giving it excellent depth and tannins.
Wine Spectator scored this limited production wine ( 450 cases ) 94 points. We loved this wine from the nose to finish. In our opinion this 100 % Tempranillo will better over the next 6-8 years.
The Ribera de Duero is a comparatively new DO. It spreads in a narrow band along both banks of the Duero and produces some of the greatest red wines of Spain. Bordeaux grape varieties as well as the local Tinto de Pais and Garnacha are extensively planted. The top brand of the vineyard, Vega Sicilia (it's 'Unico'), is reputedly the most expensive wine in Spain.