Finca Allende Rioja
This is one of the very best producers in Rioja. Most of the fruit comes from their own vineyards in the Rioja Alta although some other growers are also used. Impressive Rioja Blanco, blended from Viura and Malvasia is fermented and aged for a year in French oak. Offering more depth and complexity is Mártires from a site of over 40 year old Viura. As well as the approachable Rioja Tinto there are two other very concentrated and complex reds. Calvario is Tempranillo with a bit of Garnacha and Graciano and comes from a single vineyard planted in 1945. The richly dark-fruited varietal Graciano was produced for the first time with the 2004 vintage.
The top wine, the pricey Aurus from 65-year-old vines, is unfiltered with a rich, concentrated and supple texture. Both very complex and harmonious, it will age gracefully. Paisajes y Viñedos is a joint venture between Allende and Quim Villa, owner of Barcelona wine merchant Vila Viniteca. The wines are all from single vineyards, La Pasada is a varietal Tempranillo from old vines, Cecias is from 85 year old Garnacha in the south eastern stretches of the DO and Valsalado comes from a blend of varieties planted in a small vineyard near Logroño. A number of other labels have also been produced in recent vintages. Finca Coronado is the family’s property in La Mancha, producing reds of impressive density and character which take the regional Vinos de La Tierra classification. Finca Coronado is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot and of the two more expensive varietals, the Graciano is a touch more sumptuous and opulent. The firm is also producing a small range of modern, approachable Riojas under the Finca Nueva label. The Reserva and Crianza both stand out.(DM)
❁❁ Finca Allende (Rioja) www.finca-allende.com
Miguel Angel de Gregorio Pl. Ibarra 1, Briones, 26330 La Rioja
Tel: 941 322301 Fax: 941 322302
To find out more about Finca Allende (Rioja) and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to North-East Spain..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)