Aldonia, Rioja 2015

SR09915

Intense and complex on the nose and palate with berry fruit, plums even cassis mixed with mocha, caramel, vanilla and balsamic. A long, fresh and mineral finish.

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Type Red
ABV 15.0%
Bottle Size 75 cl
Country Spain
Region Spain
Area Rioja
Style Powerful
Vintage 2015
Major Grape Grenache
Grapes 82% Grenache, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano
Drinking Guide Drink Now
Food Match Rabbit Casserole
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Press Reviews

Don’t go expecting the flavour of cooked strawberries and vanilla from this very modern rioja: the high percentage (82%) of Grenache makes for a wine that is sleeker and lighter on its feet, and wears its alcohol lightly.
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph, 28th April 2018

New-wave riojas are more likely to be made by newer wineries or run by the younger generation who have made wine in other countries and are seeking a point of difference from larger producers who prioritise consistency. Aldonia, for instance, specialises in garnacha rather than the traditional tempranillo, which is one reason for its 15% abv. 
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 28th October 2017

82% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano matured for 12 months in oak barrels. Paler than the Vendimia 2015 and the nose is subtler. Less bumptious and a bit more reticent at this stage but with an attractive stoniness on the finish. Good balance and a real future. 16.5/20 Drink 2018–2023

This is all of 15% alcohol, doesn't taste it but I would be pretty wary of any second bottle.
Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com, 13th October 2017

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Spanish Vintages

Growers had a complex year in 2017 having to contend with frost hail and drought. Yields are down as a result but the picture overall is of good quality particularly in Galicia and the South, Penedès also seems to have performed well. The 2016 vintage looks pretty good on the whole with Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Rueda having excellent results. 2015 was heralded as the best vintage across Spain in recent years, and particularly so in the north. 2014 saw some good wines made with a little rain in the second half of harvest and low yields. This came after the potentially great 2013 vintage which has given fresh, vibrant, robust wines. The 2012 harvest is also very good, a dry year but yields are low. The run of good to excellent quality go back to 2002, with 2011 being an early harvest in good conditions; 2010 a cooler year, which has delivered a more elegant style of wine; 2009 a warm year with a potentially big harvest of excellent grapes through the more elegant 2008s; the growing season of 2007 was more difficult but good, balanced wines emerged; the drought season of 2006 was moderated by cool nights giving elegant wines; the superb duo of 2005 and 2004, which will be compared for years to come and the powerful, super-ripe vintage of 2003. Poor bud-break and rain at harvest in 2002 spoiled the run of fine vintages but the previous 2001 more than made up for it - a classic vintage, drinking well now. Frost at flowering and rain at harvest hampered the 1999 vintage, while 1998 was a fine year until rain at harvest forced some to pick early, although those who waited were rewarded with the warmth that followed.

 

Don’t go expecting the flavour of cooked strawberries and vanilla from this very modern rioja: the high percentage (82%) of Grenache makes for a wine that is sleeker and lighter on its feet, and wears its alcohol lightly.
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph, 28th April 2018

New-wave riojas are more likely to be made by newer wineries or run by the younger generation who have made wine in other countries and are seeking a point of difference from larger producers who prioritise consistency. Aldonia, for instance, specialises in garnacha rather than the traditional tempranillo, which is one reason for its 15% abv. 
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 28th October 2017

82% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano matured for 12 months in oak barrels. Paler than the Vendimia 2015 and the nose is subtler. Less bumptious and a bit more reticent at this stage but with an attractive stoniness on the finish. Good balance and a real future. 16.5/20 Drink 2018–2023

This is all of 15% alcohol, doesn't taste it but I would be pretty wary of any second bottle.
Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com, 13th October 2017

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