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Astrales, Ribera del Duero 2001

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Saturated red.

Great nose – grilled steak, A-1 steak sauce, sauteed mushroom with bruised orange and blackberry coulis underneath. Huge oak influence actually works very well here – reminds me of Mariano Garcia’s wines.

Round and mouthfilling, dense and loaded. Huge flavor/structure pixel count – reminds me of Bastide Blanche and older Pax action. Tannin/acid synergy finally overtakes flavors late in the finish. This could use a few more years in the cellar. The first bottle 8-9 years ago also rocked..

$35? Can’t remember