Wine Spectator 93 points – This bold red is rich and mouthfilling, with ripe plum and currant fruit mingling with cocoa, espresso and mineral notes. The big tannins are well-integrated, and balsamic acidity keeps this focused. Generous but remains balanced. Drink now through 2027. 1,600 cases imported. -TM.September/2018
Wine Advocate 94 points – The 2015 Aalto has contained ripeness for the warm and dry conditions of the year, and I find it surprisingly fresh and balanced. It’s still a concentrated wine that is generously oaked, round, lush and with a great combination of power and elegance. Different plots are fermented and aged separately, some in new barrels and others in used ones. It’s very approachable and ready. Really impressive in its style. One of the finest vintages of Aalto in recent times. 250,000 bottles were filled in June 2017..August/2018
Jeb Dunnuck 95 points – The 2015 Aalto is a gorgeous wine, and even at the retail price of $50, is a value. Loaded with notions of blackberry and cassis fruits, vanilla, graphite, and high-class oak, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, has beautiful concentration, and ripe, polished tannin. It certainly has a modern slant, yet is balanced, has terrific purity, and a great finish. Give it a few years..February/2018
A joint effort between superstar Spanish winemaker Mariano Garcia (of Ribera del Duero`s Vega Sicilia) and Javier Zaccagnini (well-known businessman and former head of the Ribera del Duero appellation), Aalto promises to be THE new cult wine from Spain. The reviews are already coming in from Europe where Aalto is being mentioned in the same sentence as Pingus, Vega Sicilia, and Alion by the continental press. Most critics have only tasted the Aalto (there will also be a reserve selection), but the general feeling is, “If this is what the second wine tastes like, what on earth will the first one taste like?” To say that it is mouthfilling and highly concentrated would be an understatement.