“Earthy strawberry, plum and cherry aromas are fruity but also sly and complex. The palate on this Tempranillo is big, satisfying and only mildly tannic, with soft, rich berry flavors touched up by butter and vanilla. Keeping that theme in play, the finish is oaky but not cloying or sticky.”
“The 2005 Aldeasoña is a worthy successor to the superb 2004. Made from 100% Tinto del Pais (Tempranillo) sourced from ungrafted 95+-year-old vines, it was aged for 23 months in new French oak barriques. Exotic spices, lavender, incense, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry aromas inform the nose of this dense, layered effort. In the glass loads of savory black fruits emerge along with plenty of fine-grained tannin.”
Situated in an area not far from Ribera del Duero, Aldeasoña shares the same owners and winemaker as Covento San Francisco. The 2004 Aldeasoña is 100% Tinta del País sourced from a vineyard planted in 1912. The wine was aged for 21 months in new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers a perfume of chocolate, toasted almonds, wood smoke, toast, spice box, and blackberry liqueur. Opulent, layered, complex, and spicy, it has gobs of flavor, aging potential of 6-8 years, great balance, and a very long finish. This complete wine will start to hit its peak around 2014 and drink well through 2035.