2004 Finca Allende Rioja
92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Allende, a 100% Tempranillo cuvee, was barrel fermented in a mix of new and used French oak, remained in barrel for 13 months, and was bottled unfiltered. The wine is inky purple-colored and has a superb nose of pain grille, mineral, violets, cranberry, and blueberry. The youthful palate reveals layers of fruit, ripe tannin, and excellent balance. The wine merits another 3-4 years of bottle age and should drink well through 2020. Kudos to Finca Allende for a magnificent set of 2004 Riojas!" (February 2007) Miguel Angel de Gregorio really knows his terruño. As one of the most well respected vine growers and winemakers in the Rioja Alavesa sub-zone, it is no surprise that his Finca Allende wines are amongst Rioja’s best. The excellent 2004 vintage yielded a wonderful Rioja, with bright red cherry aromas leading to a rich, sumptuously textured wine, showing the dense structure and iron tinged minerality that these vineyards are famous for. This is great to drink now or to cellar for several years or more.