Finca Allende Rioja BlancoRegular price $34.99
95% Viura, 5% Malvasia. This traditional white Riojan wine is a beautiful translucent golden color that opens with an elegant, subtle nose of grapefruit, white peaches, Green Gage plum and balsamic notes. The wine’s plush mouthfeel has a great lightness and is well-balanced with a well- integrated acidity.
'Tasting the 2018 Allende Blanco next to the 2019, one could see the differences in vintage, as the wines were produced in exactly the same way—a blend of Viura with some 5% Malvasía Riojana (Alarije) that fermented in new French barriques where it matured with the lees and bâtonnage twice per week and a further seven months without lees after racking. This is a full 1% lower in alcohol, and it comes through as sharper and fresher with 13% alcohol and very good freshness with a pH of 3.15. It has a reductive personality with some flinty notes and hints of gunpowder that I like very much. It's a bit austere and closed; it's never going to be an exuberant wine but should develop more nuances in bottle.' - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 93 points
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