The 2006 Astrales Christina is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) from the Ribera Del Duero region in Spain and the ABV is 14.5%. The 2005 HdV Belle Cousine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa in California and the ABV is 14.7%.
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2006 ASTRALES CHRISTINA RIBERA DEL DUERO
"The 2006 Astrales Christina is a single vineyard selection, sees malolactic fermentation in barrel, and is aged in 100% new oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it gives up a superb aromatic array of toasty new oak, pencil lead, lavender, leather, incense, blueberry, and black cherry. Opulent, dense, and layered on the palate, this youthful effort is impeccably balanced and built for the long haul. Give it at least 8-10 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2016 to 2036. Patience will be well rewarded." -95 points- Jay Miller- Wine Advocate
"Sleek and polished, this red has plenty of structure and depth. Blackberry, espresso, floral and mineral flavors build through the fresh, long finish. Alluring, expressive and modern, yet stays true to its roots. Drink now through 2016." -93 points Wine Spectator
"Inky ruby. Smoky aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola, licorice and dried flowers. Smooth, sappy red fruit preserve flavors are enlivened by tangy mineral and spice notes, gaining structure with air. Showing more oak than the regular Astrales, with the finish displaying a strong spiciness and very good cut." -91 points- Josh Raynolds- International Wine Cellar
"This special wine is only made in exceptional years. There are three major factors differentiating this wine versus the 'regular' bottling of Astrales. First, the wine will be a selection of the strongest single vineyard each year, depending on vintage characteristics and winemaker Eduardo Garcia's impressions; the 2005 and 2006 are both from the Fuentesanta vineyard. Second, all of the wine sees malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. Third, the wine is aged in only new French oak."
"This wine is made from a seleccion of fruit from Pago de Fuentesanta. Pago de Fuentesanta is an 80 year old, hillside vineyard planted in vaso, with a southeastern exposure. All grapes were manually harvested into small boxes. Yields were miniscule; less than 1 ton/acre. The wine was fermented in 2,000 Kg tanks with native yeasts and saw 15 days contact with skins. The wine was then aged for 24 months in 100% New French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered." -Importer
2005 HDV BELLE COUSINE
Aubert de Villaine, co director of DRC
and Larry Hyde are just two of the names behind the exciting HDV project in California.
This wine has a median of 90 points on Cellar Tracker in 5 notes!
"HdV Wines are sourced exclusively from Hyde Vineyards...Covering sedimentary terraces, Hyde Vineyards is blessed with shallow loamy soils and ancient streambeds that work in conjunction with the cool Carneros climate and gentle winds to create moderate hydric stress within the vines. It is this condition of moderate stress that encourages the vines to maximize their potential."
"The 2005 vintage in Los Carneros was cool and slow paced. After an early budbreak in the middle of March, Hyde Vineyards experienced wet weather in May and June. Summer also consisted of cool weather thanks to the San Pablo Bay fog influence. From maturation through harvest, days were sunny and mild, allowing Merlot and Cabernet flavors to develop gradually with pronounced acidity and expressive complexity." -Winery
"The nose features the restraint of the old world contrasted by the opulence of the new world. Showcased are complex aromas of sweet spice and intense black fruit that evolve into black pepper and red fruit with time. Ultimately, a balanced wine with elegant, soft tannins countered with a backbone of fresh, natural acidity. The purity of the fruit lingers on the finish and makes the wine a perfect match for rack of lamb or any dry rubbed steak. The 2005 Belle Cousine favors decanting an hour before serving. It should continue to improve for 10 to 15 years." -Winery
"Joining our venture in 2002, Stephane brings with him skills in vineyard management and winemaking from around the world. Born and raised in France, Stephane's skills were cultivated in the vineyards and cellars of Pommard, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet and then expanded through his work in Switzerland, New Zealand and finally in the Sonoma Coast Appellation. With a strong background in biochemistry and advanced degrees in enology and viticulture, Stephane turns his focus toward the vineyards and the soils to develop his wines. Stephane works closely with both Aubert and Larry to adapt and implement only the strictest viticultural and vinification techniques of France to the fruit of Hyde Vineyards." -Winery