2002 Bodegas Aalto SA Ribera del Duero (Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero)

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Castilla y León, Red Wine, Ribera del Duero, Spain, Tempranillo

Can be best described as essence of blackberry with dusty red dirt and mineral infusion. Not particularly complex nor mind-blowing, but a wine that’s drinking well right now with already soft tannins (especially with an hour or so of air). Although this could go for another few years in the cellar, I don’t think it has the components to get better with cellaring, so I would recommend drinking up. At least that’s what I’ll do. At today’s retail prices, I would not buy it again.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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