2014 Áster Crianza, La Rioja Alta, Ribera del Duero
Deep, dark cherry red, almost black; clean and bright. Very intense forest berry nose, with, redcurrants, blackberries, violets and fennel leading to a complex background of sweet spices, bay leaves, black olives, liquorice, cedar, incense, tobacco leaves and cocoa powder. Powerful, in the mouth, with great structure and balance; mineral, with a pleasant acidity and creamy tannins providing a delectable, elegant mouthfeel. Long aftertaste with ripe dark fruit, liquorice and bakery notes that leave marked, pleasant final sensations
When La Rioja Alta S.A., the company formed in 1895 by five wine-making families, decided to spread their tendrils into Ribera del Duero, they took their time. Acquiring land and planting Tinta del País (Tempranillo) in 1991, the first wine was produced in 2000. More recently, under the guidance of the group’s winemaking director, Julio Sáenz, a simplified offering of two marvellous expressions of Ribera del Duero terroir has taken Bodegas Áster from strength to strength.