Rioja Blanco - Finca Allende - Rioja - Spain
Sourced from a 55-year-old vineyard in the La Rioja Alta village of Briones. The vines are bush trained and are treated with organic fertilizers and no herbicides. This is a blend of 95% Viura and 5% Malvasia that is fermented and aged in French oak barrels. This is a classic white Rioja with a Burgundian twist. The oak is present and defining but not overwhelming, it allows for the citrus and exotic fruits and flowers to shine and softens the acidity.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Allende Blanco, mostly Viura with some Malvasía Riojana (Alarije), fermented with indigenous yeasts in new French oak barrels, where it aged with the lees and bâtonnage twice per week for seven months and a further seven months without the lees after it was racked. It has a classical oaked white Rioja nose, with some nutty undertones, spice, dried flowers and a hint of petrol. The palate has focused, intense flavors, and the oak is nicely integrated. 36,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2017. (LG)