Aster Crianza 2006
Aster Crianza 2006
Category: Red Wine
Region: Spain » Ribera del Duero
Producer: Aster
Alcohol: 14.1%
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Suburban's 2012 Wine of the Year

"Our Wine of 2012 is a beauty this year! And it's no great surprise to finally see Spain as the home to our winning pick, after winning our Under-$10 Blind Taste-off in September. The lunchtime tasting where we narrowed down the Wine of the Year field to the final 5 was grueling....18 wines in the mix, none of them corked, all of them great, and many of them appropriate. But by the first re-sampling, 2006 Aster shot to the top, and the phone call was made to the importer to secure a healthy batch for us.

Aster is the result of a world-renowned Rioja producer trying their luck in Ribera del Duero, and nailing it big time. La Rioja Alta (the producer behind Suburban staffer Michael's last two Wine of the Year picks) named their new project Bodegas Aster to honor the Spanish flower that blooms each year at harvest time. The nature of the Ribera del Duero region, a 3-hour drive to the southwest of Rioja, is ideal for Tempranillo cultivation....this is, of course, where the great Vega Sicilia and Pingus are produced! What we found in the '06 Aster is a profound and thrilling example of what this region is capable of when the vineyard management and aging regimen are in the right hands. The style of the wine will have wide appeal; already six years mature, it is evolved, complex and incredibly expressive right now, while exhibiting the power and structure to age for many more years in the collector's cellar. But this wine is not just the best of both worlds- it's the best of all three, being priced at a fraction of that of its big-league neighbors. Suburban customers, we bring you the great Aster." - Suburban Wines

Tasting Note: "There is something in here for everybody. Tasting it blind, our guesses ranged from Washington State to Tuscany to Languedoc. Its aromas suggest juicy blackberry, roasted herbs, dark cocoa, espresso, licorice and distinctive mineral. Striking on the palate, with new-world weight tensioned by old-world structure, and brandishing a broad, dazzling flavor profile that journeys from the savory, to the animal, to the earthy, to the fruity, and even the oak-driven (French and American barrels are employed). Drink this with beef, lamb, pork, pheasant, paella, or earthbound vegetarian dishes, and you will fall in love instantly." - Suburban Wines

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