|Production||25,000 - 35,000 bottles|
What does this wine taste like?
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. 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.
In the mouth it is 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? Barrels with a very light toast. And the Burgundy idea comes to mind due to the overall quality and precision. A great Viura, long and very persistent as well.
Drinking and storing
Anchovies / Fish in sauce / Grilled fish / Pasta with cheese / Rice with fish / Olives
Ratings and awards
|2016||93 PK||17.5 JR|
|2014||92 PK||93 PN|
|2012||91+ PK||15 JR|
|2011||90 PK||93 PN|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker
Fantastic white wine!
I am no wine connoisseur, but I know what I like and I love this wine. It's well rounded and fruity with hints of vanilla. A sophisticated, but easy drinking glass of white. A good banker to have in the fridge to give to guests who may be slightly dubious about Spanish whites, or one to try if you are yourself.
Suave blanco añejo
A menudo los blancos con crianza pueden ser demasiado intensos para los incautos, no es el caso con este vino, que es bebible desde el primer momento aunque mejora en la la primera hora después de su apertura.
Soft rich nose with an elegant structure rich in the Malvasia flavour. Followed by a “drink me more” length that just lasts. Brilliant with a spicy paella.
Old style Rioja
Good quality white Rioja made in the old ways and with the original grapes. One of the best I have tried
Schon seit Jahren ein Genuss
Schon seit Jahren bestelle ich regelmäßig den Allende Bianco, mit dem ich sehr zufrieden bin. Dieses Jahr vergebe ich nur vier anstatt der üblichen fünf Sterne, da der Jahrgang 2013 doch eine stärker als übliche Harz-Note hat.
|Ageing period||14 months|
|Type of wood||French oak|
|Clarification and filtration||Not clarified / Soft filtering before bottling|
We asked Miguel Ángel about that chalky 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.
|Vine age||55 years|
|Soil||Clay / Gravel in the depth|
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...