Ribera del Duero, one of the most important region for Tempranillo in Spain, is located to the southwest of Rioja. Here, they call the grape "Tinto Fino." This warmer, drier region of the country boasts a resulting style that, coupled with judicious use of oak, is bolder, more ripe, and often more extracted than the earthy, herbaceous fruit of Rioja.
The benchmark producer for this region is an estate called Vega Sicilia, established in 1864, and Aalto follows in that heritage. It was founded in 1999 by Mariano Garcia, who made wine for Vega Sicilia for 30 years. He now oversees the winemaking of the Aalto Tempranillo, which has shown consistently high quality since its inception.