Finca Allende, Rioja Blanco 2015

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Spain

  • Region:

    Rioja

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Viura

  • Grape Blend:

    Viura 95%,Malvasia 5%

  • Winemaker:

    Miguel Angel de Gregorio

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Finca Allende Rioja Blanco 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Golden yellow, lemony colour that is absolutely clear. Elegant and subtle on the nose with hints of citric fruits (grapefruit) and stone fruit (peach and greengage). Balsamic hints. Greasy, sticky, full-flavoured on the mouth with a noticeable body and great lightness as it passes through the mouth and long persistence in retronasal olfaction.

Production Notes

We softly press the bunches in a vertical press. Static raking of free run must during 48 hours. Fermentation in new french oak barrels during 28 days at a temperature of 20C. Aged for Fourteen months in Bordelese barrel of french oak.the first seven months with the lees, performing stirring twice a week. Following racking and seven months without lees. Bottled with a soft filtation without clarification.

Critics Reviews

Vinous 92pts (2014) - Green-hued gold. Displays an array of exotic fruit and floral qualities on the nose, with a mineral overlay adding urgency and lift. Stains the palate with juicy mango, passion fruit and Meyer lemon flavors that turn firmer on the back half. Finishes on a repeating mineral note, showing excellent clarity and a suave floral nuance.

Producer Profile

The Finca Allende wines may be aged in French oak but as Miguel-Angel likes to remind anyone starting him on the subject�.the use of French oak was the norm is Rioja back in the 18th century! To restrict Miguel-Angel to the �modernist' camp, might thus not give full tribute to the man's efforts in working towards rediscovering the multitude of terroirs of the region. Miguel-Angel's aim, when settling in Briones in 1986, was to support the making of terroir-based wines. So rather than sourcing grapes from various areas he decided to patiently invest time and energy in finding small old vineyards that he could buy. Today, his 56ha domain is divided into 92 plots representing no less than a dozen different terroirs. The soil geology ranges from clay to calcare with varying degree of gravel composition. Located on the right bank of the Ebro River, the gentle undulation of the landscape gives the vineyards differing beneficial expositions. The vineyard elevation can be as high as 500m which along with the prevalent Atlantic winds positively contributes to the healthy state of the vineyards while slowing the ripening of the grapes and thereby creating a perfect equilibrium between phenolic and physiologic ripeness. Tempranillo is the main variety in Allende's reds, more specifically a multi-clonal selection of old vines producing smaller grapes with more fruit intensity and complexity. Miguel-Angel is also a zealous defender of the traditional Rioja white varieties such as Viura and Malvasia, used to great effects for his white wines. Miguel-Angel's determination ensured that after a running battle with the local Consejo Regulador he was able to mention specific terroir-based wine on his labels. Thus, whilst the Tinto Allende is made of grapes all coming from within the Briones village, 1996 saw the release of Finca Allende's first single vineyard wine named Aurus. In 1999, saw the creation of Calvario, another single vineyard wine produced from vines planted in 1945. Stylistically different, both are Miguel-Angel's flagship wines and a testimony to his understanding of the Briones terroirs. The white equivalent is the high profile single vineyard Martires, a 100% Viura produced on more sandy loamy soils with high mineral content.