£19.51/ 0.75 L btl
Wine Allende 2014
|Alcohol content i||13.5%|
|Bottle size and vintage||0.75 L - 2014|
Allende has been evolving in its successive vintages. Allende today is a very good Rioja and contemporary, yet as well-made and drinkable as the classic ones.
The first impression is of terroir, of that Tempranillo firmly-rooted in the Rioja soil, and also of a modern-style wine, due to its juiciness and body; the wine has plenty of fullness, but it's extremely pleasant. The second impression is of seriousness and rigour: most appealing. We’re scrutinising it, whilst enjoying every sip.
Appearing a dark Picota cherry colour of high density, without seeming opaque, it exudes aromas of ripe fruit, of red fruits (cherries, pomegranate), some concentrated fruit aromas which already give on the nose a sensation of juiciness, of intensity, alerting us to a fruit-driven wine. Accompanying that fruitiness, we breathe in a lovely terroir scent, spicy notes, a hint of chocolate and with some aeration it also releases those damp notes, of leather and even a saline touch, so reminiscent of the great classic Riojas. Worth remarking upon too is the perfect integration of the alcohol, the mild balsamic and mineral (graphite) notes that are being activated to come through in the same glass, and its slightly earthy finish.
We recommend that you decant it half an hour beforehand, so that its remarkable complexity can be better enjoyed. The best thing is that sensation of harmony and its palate, so juicy and mature, with glycerine sensations that fill the mouth yet glide away so very easily on the tongue. It is one of those delectable moreish wines. Most definitely a contemporary classic and a delight for the senses.
Oxtail / Cannelloni / Lentils with chorizo sausage / Magret of duck / Cooked sausages / Veal with mushrooms / Meat casseroles / To enjoy on its own / Milk cap mushrooms
- Ageing period:14 months
- Type of wood:French oak
- Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC
Favourite Rioja for special occasion
We had this first at great restaurant in Palma and pleased to find it available here. Bought a bottle for Christmas dinner and have another on standby.by: Karl Laegaard (01/05/2017) - Vintage 2009
This wine is something special - easy drinkable. Full body, long after tast, and much more but still Rioja style. Best after some maturing.by: Kevin McKay (30/11/2017) - Vintage 2010
One of my favourite Riojas
Even though it is just a Crianza, this Rioja is beautifully smooth. I love it. And great value here too...by: Clive Russell (31/05/2017) - Vintage 2010
Deep, Dark and mysterious, truly superb
This wine is so well made, deep, dark and mysterious.Drink it now or keep for 10 years.. an absolute joy.by: Eva (17/11/2016) - Vintage 2009
Con amigos siempre he comentado que en Rioja hay muchos vinos, donde cada cual puede encontrar el suyo. A mi, los que más me gustan son los que tienen ese perfil húmedo y glicérico, como los clásicos, pero sin que se note demasiado la madera ya que algunos saben un poco a madera mojada. No es el caso. ¡Allende es buenísimo! Tiene ese fondo de humedad pero con mucha fruta, jugoso, y además, tiene un fondo terroso que me encanta.
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Miguel Ángel de Gregorio is one of the best winemakers in the country and an assiduous vine grower. Quite a reference point in La Rioja, he was one of the first to opt for single vineyard wines (Calvario and Aurus have been his principal exponents) and he is a firm supporter of indigenous varieties and hard work in the vineyard. He received praise first of all for his great efforts at Bodegas Bretón, but he attracted fame definitively due to the wines of his own winery: Finca...