2002 Finca Allende "Calvario" Rioja (Previously $80)

SKU #1016724 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I prefer the 2002 Calvario, which offers blackberry, licorice, autumn leaves and mulberry on a well-defined bouquet that demands coaxing. The palate is sweet and rounded on the entry, but exhibits greater backbone and composure than the 2001, with attractive raspberry leaf, bitter cherry and soy on the long, satisfying finish. Drink now-2022. (NM)  (8/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from a single vineyard planted in 1945) Saturated ruby-red. Wonderfully pure nose offers black raspberry, black cherry, licorice and minerals. Sweet, dense and concentrated, with captivating black fruit flavors lifted by vibrant acidity. Not overly sweet or fleshy but sappy, long and gripping. A terrific 2002 Rioja. 91+ (ST)  (9/2005)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, with dark, powerful flavors of coffee and plum. Minerally notes, assertive tannins and a smoky finish. A bit tough now, but should smooth with age. (TM)  (5/2005)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.