2004 Finca Allende Rioja

SKU #1056129 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Allende is tighter on the nose compared to the 2003, with raspberry and crushed strawberry fruit, licorice and a touch of mango emerging in the background. The palate is medium bodied with ripe tannins, crisp acidity and weight that build to a composed, anise-tinged finish that is fresh and lively. The 2004 would benefit from more bottle age and remains a great Rioja wine. Drink 2014-2022. (NM)  (8/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Intense cherry, red berries and spices on the nose, with a strong mineral accent. Fresh and lively in the mouth, with exuberant raspberry and strawberry flavors tinged by a floral nuance. Finishes with bright, nervy red fruit tones and very good length. (RP)  (9/2006)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Stylish and alluring nose; quite sexy. The malolactic fermentation took place in barrel, so the wine has mouthfeel and richness. Yet it's a juicy, friendly, fruit-forward style of Tempranillo, one that finishes with mocha and wood-driven spice notes. (MS)  (9/2007)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Focused and balanced, this elegant red delivers plum, licorice and vanilla flavors, with fresh acidity and floral and mineral notes over fine-grained tannins. (TM)  (7/2007)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5