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Finca Allende Calvario Red 2010

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SKU: 983200410

Founded in 1986 by Miguel Ángel de Gregorio in the hillside town of Briones, Finca Allende is located in an ancient 17th century manor, set in a medieval town square within the heart of Rioja Alta. Roughly translated as ‘further,’ Allende’s philosophy is to go further towards creating the perfect Rioja. The majority of vines are plowed with mules and grapes are hand-harvested, triple-selected and manually punched-down before undergoing extensive underground aging in both barrel and bottle. Known for producing round wines with great body and structure, each bottle is hand-crafted by and contains the signature of Miguel Ángel de Gregorio. Considered to be Spain’s first terroirist, Miguel Ángel’s sincere dedication to natural farming and preserving the integrity of Rioja Alta are why he is one of Rioja’s most celebrated winemakers and a mastermind when it comes to making world-class Tempranillo.

Wine Specs
5.1 g/L
Fermented and aged in French oak barrels
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Intensely garnet in color with a violet hue. On the nose, the wine contains hints of aromatic herbs, reduced, sweet balsamic, black forest fruit and soft mineral notes. On the palate, the wine is harmonious and fruit-forward, with silky well-balanced tannins and a smooth, voluminous finish. A wine meant to serve now or cellar, this wine will continue to age well for twenty-five years from release at minimum.
Vineyard Notes
The vineyards of Finca Allende are planted near the village of Briones, about 2.5 hours north of Madrid and the same distance to the Atlantic Ocean as Bordeaux’s famous Saint Émilion. Finca Allende’s Calvario is a tiny 2-hectare single vineyard block that was planted in 1945 to 90% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha and 2% Graciano. Located at 1,700 feet in elevation, Calvario’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and nearby Sierra Cantabria mountains provides the perfect combination for an ideal phenolic maturation: cold nights, warm days and four distinct seasons that cater to an ideal life cycle of the vine. This unique vineyard block is southeast facing, with rocky, sandy-loam soil that is carefully plowed with mules a few times per year. Head-pruned vines are planted close together and never irrigated. During harvest, grapes are hand-picked and triple selected – once in the field and again at the winery cluster-by-cluster and grape-by-grape. A cold, pre-fermentary maceration takes place at 41°F for six days. After this time, alcoholic fermentation takes place at 82°F, over 14 days. Manual punch-downs and/or pump-overs take are performed three times a day, for a total skin maceration of 20 days. Finished wine is drained from tanks using gravity and then pressed using a traditional vertical press. ML is performed in barrel and the resulting wine is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels during which time barrels are racked every 4 months before bottling.
Winemaker Notes
The 2010 vintage in Rioja Alta began with extraordinarily cool temperatures and abundant snowfall. Rain and snow fell regularly throughout the months of January and February, and while March continued to be cold, April was milder. Bud break occurred during the third week of April with cold, frostless nights and some light rain. A rather cold and rainy May and June caused a delay in the vegetative cycle of the vine. Flowering took place during the fourth week of June, which was followed by a warm and very dry July and August. Vegetative development was excellent, due to the water reserves created in the wet winter months and verasion occurred during the third week of August, with mild days and cool nights. The fall months continued cool down, slowing maturation and delaying harvest until the 18th of October. A vintage known for ‘ripe, balanced wines that are fresh and focused,’ the clusters and wine produced by Finca Allende in 2010 are complex and well-rounded, with outstanding phenolic and aromatic maturity.
Other Notes
Varietal Composition: 90% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha, 2% Graciano
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