Wine Spectator’s Top Ten Wines of the Year is a must-read list for oenophiles everywhere. The road to 2015’s Top Ten was a long one, with over 18,000 wines tasted from 63 regions around the world. Nine Spectator tasters spend an estimated 3,600 hours ranking and rating their favorites — that’s 150 days of straight sipping.
Mariano García and Javier Zaccagnini united to start Aalto in 1999 with the goal of making a wine that would be considered one of the world’s finest within 15 to 20 years. With the placement of the 2012 on Spectator’s list, that goal has been realized.
Wine Spectator’s chief Spanish wine critic Tom Matthews raves about the 2012 saying “this red shows focus and density, with rich flavors of plum, blackberry, cocoa, licorice and mineral. The structure is muscular but graceful, featuring ripe fruit complemented by savory notes that keep this balanced and fresh. Best from 2016 through 2032.” The 2012 was awarded a score of 94.