Red

2005 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero P.S.

Tempranillo

  • Spain
  • Castilla y León
  • Ribera del Duero
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Community Tasting Notes 96

  • Dibbs wrote: 92 points

    September 19, 2021 - The wine is exceedingly modern in its profile. In a blind, don't think I could have guessed either Tempranillo or Spain.

    That being said, it is a well-made wine, 2 hour decant melted the tannins away and put the fruit on the driving seat. This is not a wine you could sip on its own, it really needed a big piece of ribeye so it was ultimately sound that my pairing for this wine was a big piece of ribeye. With the meat, this wine wins and is a terrific pairing but I am not sure it would work with any other kinds of food or even drinking it on its own. If you have bottles, I will leave this in the cellar for another 10 years to see if it sheds more of its baby fat and some nuanced complexity emerges.

    This reminds me of AU shiraz from the same era (the 90s - early 00s) that need around 25-30 years to shed its baby fat.

  • Westportwhiner wrote: 97 points

    September 9, 2021 - Just about perfect. Needs a little air then opens up wonderfully. Has plenty more life in it.

  • pvmaanen Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 2, 2021 - Crazy good this wine. Decanted for 3 hours the wine is alive, round and drinks amazingly good.

  • merlotsmile Likes this wine:

    July 1, 2021 - Vinminnen 3 (Fiskaregatan Lund): Vinminnen 3

  • br_winelover Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 25, 2021 - 93-94pts. 30 months in new barriques, and even now, 16 years after this vintage, the oak is not fully integrated. Besides that, this is a very nice Ribera del Duero red - there is still a wall of red fruit especially on the palate, with primary notes of strawberries, cherries, and raspberries, and tertiary notes of earth, leather, and some wax. Medium-bodied with great balance. Drink or hold.

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  • By Julia Harding MW
    6/18/2015 (link)

    (Aalto, Pagos Seleccionados Ribera del Duero Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Sarah Jane Evans MW
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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/17/2008 (link)

    (PS Aalto) Aalto PS Dear Friends, This could have been our main holiday special but we can't label everything with that tag or it starts to look foolish (especially for a $100 wine). Let's just call this what it is - a terrific price with impeccable provenance. Every so often I come across something (regardless of price-point) that is worth the effort to secure. Some treasures rise above the rest and this is certainly is one of them (even though the style goes against my typical palate preference). While "value" is difficult to quantify or qualify, if you are in the market for the very finest collectable wine that may usurp your favorite classified growth in the complexity department (given the requisite time), this wine has that distinct opportunity. I realize this is a substantial sum for a bottle of wine but it has the nearly indescribable pent up energy and layered extractive material to return 20-40 years of ageing and it is the qualitative equal of nearly any Bordeaux from the 2005 vintage - it's actually tough to find one that I believe has more potential than this (even 2005 Latour - maybe Ausone but it will age in a different way). I waited to try my second bottle of the 2005 PS for three months after my first encounter to see if the first one was a mirage - it wasn't. This is the real thing - even if you disdain high-impact wines: I urge you to look up other opinions on this wine as it has struck a chord with a varied set of palates, not just the disciples of Bob (in fact, it's most impressive for those won over that are not in that camp - including this writer). Please note, this is not the regular Aalto, which is also excellent in 2005. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the source with perfect provenance 2005 Aalto Ribera del Duero "PS" (Pagos Seleccionados) (this is not the regular Aalto) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Spain6550

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bodegas AAlto
  • Varietal Tempranillo
  • Designation P.S.
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Spain
  • Region Castilla y León
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Ribera del Duero
  • UPC Code 8437003104404

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 33 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,438 (63%)
  • Consumed 823 (36%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

lamb neck tamale, rabbit albondigas, beef, braised spare ribs, lamb

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