Finca Allende, the estate created by Brother and sister team Mercedes and Miguel Angel de Gregorio, is located in the hill town of Briones in the Rioja Alta. ‘Allende’ can be roughly translated as ‘further’; its philosophy is to go further and further towards creating the perfect Rioja. This has been done by marrying the old and the new, by embracing the traditional grape varieties but then treating them to new French oak. A further distinguishing characteristic, apart from their ripeness and structure, is that Allende’s best wines are vineyard-based, with focus on the expression of Rioja’s varied terroir.
“The 2000 Aurus has a fine, eucalyptus-tinged bouquet with scents of kirsch and dark plum that are lively and well-defined. The palate is sensual and smooth on the opening. This is a more gregarious Aurus (thus far), with a corpulent, spicy, fleshy, meaty finish that is very satisfying.” 88/100 eRobertParker.com