Astrales Christina 2014

Region: Ribera del Duero D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino
Vintage: 2014
Color: Red

This wine is produced from a selection of best grapes from the 90 year old Fuente Santa vineyard. They come from lower yielding vines averaging 3,500 kg/ha. All grapes were manually harvested into small boxes. The wine was fermented in a 5,000 kg wooden vat with native yeasts and saw 15 days contact with skins. After fermentation the wine was racked to oak barrels and underwent a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 18 months in 100% New French oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered and without clarification.


Publication Score Comments
View from the Cellar 93 The cuvée Christina from Bodegas los Astrales hails from a ninety year-old vineyard and is raised entirely in new French wood for eighteen months prior to bottling. The 2014 version is excellent, offering up a deep and classy nose of black plums, black cherries, a lovely touch of soil, dark chocolate and a very well-done base of smoky new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and quite elegant in profile, with a fine core, lovely focus and nascent complexity and a very long, ripely tannic and well-balanced finish. This carries its one hundred percent new wood very nicely, though the purist in me thinks that ninety year-old vines deserve less new wood, rather than more, so that more of the terroir here can shine through in the wine. But, this is a beautifully made and very promising bottle in the making. 2024-2060.
Jan/Feb 2017
Vinous 94 (made from vines that are reportedly over 90 years old; aged for 20 months in all new French oak barrels) Brilliant purple. Primary black and blue fruits, potpourri, Indian spices and vanilla on the explosively perfumed nose; a mineral flourish adds urgency and lift. Sweet, deeply concentrated, oak-spiced boysenberry and cherry cola flavors spread out steadily on the palate, picking up spiciness and a touch of star anise on the back half. Lush, broad and seamless in texture, finishing with excellent clarity and smooth tannins contributing shape and gentle grip.
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The Wine Advocate 93 The Tempranillo grapes used for the 2014 Christina reached 15% alcohol in a ripe vintage like this. It's a heady, powerful and generously-oaked red after 18 months in new barriques. This shows a little wilder than the regular bottling with some aromas of smoky bacon, hints of tar and ripe black fruit. It's powerful and concentrated with spicy oak flavors, but with very good balance. 6,000 bottles were filled in June 2015. 2017 - 2022
Issue 229
March 1, 2017
Wine Spectator Insider 94 Dense and structured. Cassis and plum flavors mingle with mocha, loamy earth and black olive notes, imparting a balance of fruit and savory character. Drink now through 2030.
Wine Spectator Insider March 22, 2017