Aldonia 100, Rioja 2021


75cl ALC 14.5%

A surprisingly delicate nose with hints of lavender and violets as well as thyme amongst fresh, ripe strawberries. Smooth on the palate as well as fresh and long.

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Spain, Spain, Rioja

Still Red

100% Grenache


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Brothers Ivan and Mario Santos specialise in Garnacha rather than Tempranillo, a delicious alternative to your staple Riojan fare. The family has a history of supplying top quality grapes to the established Rioja houses, but the Civil War left devastation in its wake, the premises and buildings destroyed and their grandfather oversaw a long, slow recovery as a simple grower.

The brothers built a new bodega in 2006 in Navarette and set about producing richly fruited, intense wines themselves. They have three maxims: they want to make 'vinos de pueblo' - wines that reflect the land they were harvested from; they eschew the terms Crianza and Reserva, and the rules of the Consejo Regulador, preferring to give their wines exactly the barrel ageing that suits their character each vintage; and they want you to enjoy drinking their wines as much as they do! The concentration they coax from their old vine Garnacha grapes, grown at 850 metres in the Rioja Alta, is remarkable – tasted blind you could mistake them for Châteauneuf-du-Pape or a Southern Rhône. What strikes you with their wines is the richness and drinkability but with more silky fruit than oak. There’s lots of substance and body too, making this a very attractive, generous range of new-wave Riojas.

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Vintage guide

Always difficult to generalise about Spain but 2022 saw high temperatures and an early harvest of clean grapes, the early signs look good. The 2021 vintage is very good after a warm dry season with wines showing good concentration and aromatics. A wet first half of the 2020 vintage meant a lot of work in the vineyard was needed but a better, more consistent second half resulted in some juicy young wines with those ageing in barrel looking very promising. A very good year, 2019 had warm dry conditions but yields were limited by a tricky flowering period. A cooler and wetter year than other recent vintages has endowed the wines of 2018 with greater freshness and lower alcohols. Across the country the wines are showing good aromatics, plenty of weight, and a juicy fresh character. 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 performed well. The 2016 vintage was 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.

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