Allende Blanco 2017 · Buy it for £21.65 at Vinissimus
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Spec sheet

TypeWhite
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Allende Blanco is a wine of contrasts, of surprises, pleasant ones, and an ideal white for getting to know the great potential of the Rioja's Viura variety and being delighted with it.

The contrasts will become apparent when you compare the nose and palate; at first it seems there are two different wines. In the glass it's a very bright yellow, extremely limpid, and once poured, the aromas tally with that lightness of colour: subtly perfumed and tremendously fresh, citrus, with a very clean and well-defined nose, yet also revealing some surprising hints redolent of chalk. We asked Miguel Ángel about that character in this Rioja Alta region and he told us that the soils of Briones, the town where his vineyards are located, are ones that make the difference; clay soils, yes, but with a continuous substratum of calcareous gravel which makes the roots of those old vines sink down deep and extract a large amount of minerals. Warming up a bit, it develops a saline nuance, a balsamic waft and even a hint of the odd off-white flower. It's definitely not lacking in elegance, character, nor complexity either.

The great surprise, or the second one, comes through on the palate. It's impressive: very flavoursome, with great volume and the fruit provision is delicious, with flavours more of stone fruit than the citrus ones suggested by its nose, peach and very ripe greengage plums. Unless you'd read the technical sheet, you'd never believe that this wine not only ferments in new barrels but also ages in them for over a year, for a total of fourteen months, in French oak barrels and all new. The secret? Burgundy barrels with a very light toast. In fact, the Burgundy idea also comes to mind due to the overall quality and precision, recalling some of those superb Chardonnays. With the aftertaste, however, we are back to Rioja: maturity, tension and saline profundity, like some of the classics. A white that few can compare to, a great Viura, long and very persistent as well.

NOTE: Allende Blanco is almost a single varietal Viura and will ultimately become one in time. It has a mere 5% Malvasía from some vines planted among the Viura, but which Miguel Ángel intends to select and discard over time since, even though it's a variety that imparts aromas when the wine is young, it's quick to oxidise.

Drinking and storing

Serve between 10ºC and 12ºC

Food pairing

Anchovies, Fish in sauce, Grilled fish , Pasta with cheese, Rice with fish, Olives

Ratings and awards

201693 PK
201592 PK
201492 PK93 PN
201291+ PK
201190 PK93 PN
200890 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Customer reviews

4.5/5
11 reviews
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The winery

Finca Allende

Finca Allende

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...

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