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 2003 Calvario has a lovely, Northern Rhone-like bouquet with animally black fruit, lush blueberry and touches of cassis that remain beautifully defined. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannins: layers of toasty red berry fruit laced with white pepper, thyme and soy.” 93/100 eRobertParker.com