Allende Blanco 2017
£21.80 (Inc. VAT & Duties bot. 75 cl.) / United Kingdom
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I tasted the 2017 Allende Blanco next to the 2016, so it was interesting to compare the healthy and late 2016 with the problematic (frost and low yields) and early 2017. De Gregorio started picking the 19th of September, over 20 days earlier than in 2016. The wines were produced the same way and always a Viura blend with some 5% Malvasía Riojana, fermented and matured in new French barriques but this time with a slightly shorter élevage of 14 months. This shows more developed aromas than the 2016 with diesel-like notes and a spicy and smoky twist. The fruit has a ripe touch without being overripe, and there is a pleasant bitter note in the finish. Yields were lower, so there are 24,000 bottles of this wine. It was bottled in April 2019.
Allende Blanco is a white wine from the D.O.Ca. Rioja made at Finca Allende, which is located in Briones in La Rioja Alta. This wine has been made mainly with Viura and a small amount of Malvasia from vineyards with an average age of 55 years, owned by the winery.
With this wine, the manager Miguel Ángel de Gregorio has demonstrated that he is capable of making excellent white wines at his Briones estate, undoubtedly one of the best winemakers in Spain!
The grapes are harvested by hand and selected in the winery. Fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature of 20 °C for 28 days with indigenous yeasts. Aging lasts 14 months in French oak Bordeaux barrels, the first seven months on the lees, with battonage twice a week with subsequent racking and another seven months of aging without lees.
Allende Blanco stands out for its great volume and fruity aromatic intensity, light toasted notes and a light and persistent mouthfeel.
A white wine of pleasant surprises
Allende Blanco is a white wine like few others, with the character of the great classic Rioja wines and with a great potential for aging in bottle.
In the gastronomic field it is the ideal accompaniment to dishes such as cod, raw seafood, Iberian ham, cooked seafood, oysters, grilled seafood or rice dishes.
Do you dare to try this white wine? You will not be disappointed!
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