Founded in 2000, this exquisite 72-acre estate of 20 to 70-year old Tinto Fino vineyards in Anguix belongs to the Romero de la Cruz family, longtime growers who brought in technical consultant Eduardo Garcia (son of Mariano Garcia, Bodegas Mauro) to make their own wine rather than simply sell the grapes as they had always done. Located at the end of Anguix Burgos, Los Astrales produces wines of great depth, purple-colored with enticing perfumes of toasted oak, pencil lead, mineral, blackberry, and licorice.
Los Astrales wines show essential Ribera characters of dusky red and dark fruits, meatiness and an earthy, profound minerality. Finally, varying with the vintage, the quixotic qualities that Eduardo allows his vineyards to express include alluring sous-bois and garrigue, aromas very familiar to noses trained in Burgundy, the Rhône, and Languedoc-Rousillon; saddle leather and tar similar to Barolo; and the copiously mineral, roasted-earth bass notes one sometimes finds in the finest wines of the Ribera, Toro, or Rioja. For me, Los Astrales bears Eduardo’s stamp as the winemaker’s most personal vision, the one closest to his heart. -- From 'Eduardo Garcia Old Vines, Young Children: The World of Fine Wine' by Chris Fleming (Issue 27)
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