Alvar De Dios Aciano 2018 750ml

size
750ml
country
Spain
appellation
Toro
WA
94
Additional vintages
2018 2016 2015 2014
WA
94
Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
The top Toro red 2018 Aciano was produced with the grapes from a three-hectare plot of old ungrafted vines planted in 1919 on sand, sandstone and limestone soils. He uses all the grapes, but the vines are planted at around 1,000 plants per hectare and the yields are very low. The whole clusters were foot trodden daily during the fermentation with indigenous yeasts, with a soft maceration that lasted some 30 to 45 days. It matured in 300-, 500- and 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months followed by a further eight months in concrete before it was bottled. Since 2019, all of the wines are Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, the wines from Toro and the ones from Arribes. It goes back to the style of the 2016, perfumed, characterful and with a strong personality. It's an elegant and lighter style of Tempranillo, with fully developed flavors and ripeness but with great balance and elegance. The tannins are very fine, and it has a chalky texture. The extra time in concrete seems to have polished it, but it's still energetic and undeveloped, but a little more polished. Like all the wines from own vineyards, this is now certified organic. This is incredible for the price—still young and with potential to age in bottle, a very different style from Toro. 7,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
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Alvar De Dios Aciano 2018 750ml

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94
WA
94
Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
The top Toro red 2018 Aciano was produced with the grapes from a three-hectare plot of old ungrafted vines planted in 1919 on sand, sandstone and limestone soils. He uses all the grapes, but the vines are planted at around 1,000 plants per hectare and the yields are very low. The whole clusters were foot trodden daily during the fermentation with indigenous yeasts, with a soft maceration that lasted some 30 to 45 days. It matured in 300-, 500- and 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months followed by a further eight months in concrete before it was bottled. Since 2019, all of the wines are Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, the wines from Toro and the ones from Arribes. It goes back to the style of the 2016, perfumed, characterful and with a strong personality. It's an elegant and lighter style of Tempranillo, with fully developed flavors and ripeness but with great balance and elegance. The tannins are very fine, and it has a chalky texture. The extra time in concrete seems to have polished it, but it's still energetic and undeveloped, but a little more polished. Like all the wines from own vineyards, this is now certified organic. This is incredible for the price—still young and with potential to age in bottle, a very different style from Toro. 7,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
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size
750ml
country
Spain
appellation
Toro
Additional vintages
2018 2016 2015 2014
Overview
Rated 94 - The top Toro red 2018 Aciano was produced with the grapes from a three-hectare plot of old ungrafted vines planted in 1919 on sand, sandstone and limestone soils. He uses all the grapes, but the vines are planted at around 1,000 plants per hectare and the yields are very low. The whole clusters were foot trodden daily during the fermentation with indigenous yeasts, with a soft maceration that lasted some 30 to 45 days. It matured in 300-, 500- and 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months followed by a further eight months in concrete before it was bottled. Since 2019, all of the wines are Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, the wines from Toro and the ones from Arribes. It goes back to the style of the 2016, perfumed, characterful and with a strong personality. It's an elegant and lighter style of Tempranillo, with fully developed flavors and ripeness but with great balance and elegance. The tannins are very fine, and it has a chalky texture. The extra time in concrete seems to have polished it, but it's still energetic and undeveloped, but a little more polished. Like all the wines from own vineyards, this is now certified organic. This is incredible for the price—still young and with potential to age in bottle, a very different style from Toro. 7,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
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Varietal: Tempranillo

For millennia, the Tempranillo grape varietal has been esteemed and revered by winemakers in their native Spain. These grapes are packed full of intense and fascinating flavors, often rewarding wine drinkers with notes of tobacco, leather, plum and herbs alongside their spicy and full bodied character. Their thick, black skins result in their wines being very deep red in color, and often high in tannins. As such, Tempranillo grapes are usually blended with other fine varietals to produce exceptionally balanced and delicious blended wines, such as those found in La Riot and other important wine regions around the world. Despite them being a notoriously tricky varietal to grow, their popularity continues to increase, and winemakers continue to impress the world with this excellent example of a red wine grape.
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Region: Castilla Y Leon

From the beautifully robust, boisterous and spicy red Tempranillo wines of the west, to the fruity, aromatic white Verdejo wines from the Rueda, Castilla y Leon is a Spanish wine region with something to please everyone. The region itself is a particularly fascinating one for European wine fans, as it dates back several centuries and is, in many ways, the defining region of Spain for the country's viticultural identity. Dry, arid soils and baking heat produce wines of a unique character, coming from grapes which have to struggle to attain the moisture they require in order to ripen. The flavors of Castilla y Leon are big, bold and seductive, and packed full of all the passion and history only a country like Spain can provide.
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Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.

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green grapes

Varietal: Tempranillo

For millennia, the Tempranillo grape varietal has been esteemed and revered by winemakers in their native Spain. These grapes are packed full of intense and fascinating flavors, often rewarding wine drinkers with notes of tobacco, leather, plum and herbs alongside their spicy and full bodied character. Their thick, black skins result in their wines being very deep red in color, and often high in tannins. As such, Tempranillo grapes are usually blended with other fine varietals to produce exceptionally balanced and delicious blended wines, such as those found in La Riot and other important wine regions around the world. Despite them being a notoriously tricky varietal to grow, their popularity continues to increase, and winemakers continue to impress the world with this excellent example of a red wine grape.
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Region: Castilla Y Leon

From the beautifully robust, boisterous and spicy red Tempranillo wines of the west, to the fruity, aromatic white Verdejo wines from the Rueda, Castilla y Leon is a Spanish wine region with something to please everyone. The region itself is a particularly fascinating one for European wine fans, as it dates back several centuries and is, in many ways, the defining region of Spain for the country's viticultural identity. Dry, arid soils and baking heat produce wines of a unique character, coming from grapes which have to struggle to attain the moisture they require in order to ripen. The flavors of Castilla y Leon are big, bold and seductive, and packed full of all the passion and history only a country like Spain can provide.
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Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.