Rioja Tinto 2014
Modern Rioja is a thing of beauty. And Finca Allende is in the vanguard.
Finca Allende Tinto is pure Tempranillo from 45-year-old vines, aged for fourteen months in French oak barrels, and then bottled without filtration or clarification, making it vegan friendly. Clean blackberry, blueberry, cranberry and wild forest fruit flavours are overlayed with elegant cedar and tobacco notes, but there’s also a little wildness to it, something untamed. The winemaker, Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, says that: “Almost all magical wines are not perfect. They have something that makes them different and great.” And it’s that slightly feral character (think leather, dark chocolate and rockpools), combined with all the plush finesse, that makes this such a standout and intriguing Rioja. Consider decanting and serving alongside something hearty like sausages, lentils, a stew or wild mushrooms.
Located in the hillside village of Briones in the Rioja Alta, Finca Allende was founded by the sister and brother team of Mercedes and Miguel Ángel de Gregorio. Allende roughly translates as ‘further’, which is rather fitting because this is an estate that goes above and beyond in their pursuit of creating exceptional Rioja. This region of Spain is often compared to Bordeaux, both stylistically and from a business model perspective, but Finca Allende’s terroir-obsessed approach feels much more boutique, almost Burgundian. A deep respect for the environment forms the central pillar of their viticultural approach. For example, they eschew the use of harmful herbicides and synthetic chemicals, actively work towards reducing their carbon emissions, cultivate without the use of heavy machinery, and support disadvantaged groups in society.
£3.87 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3382117
Style No.: 860309
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