Astrales, one of Ribera's best wineries, bottled a structured, serious wine in 2009. Aromas of coconut, asphalt, cola and gritty black fruits set up a palate with oaky, dark, spicy flavors of blackberry, tire rubber and mild herbal accents. Oak and char define the finish on this potent, modern-style Tempranillo. Drink now through 2022.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.