2004 Finca Allende Rioja
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.