Miguel-Angel’s aim, when settling in Briones in 1986, was to support the making of terroir-based wines. So rather than sourcing grapes from various areas he decided to patiently invest time and energy in finding small old vineyards that he could buy. Today, his 56ha domain is divided into 92 plots representing no less than a dozen different terroirs. The soil geology ranges from clay to calcare with varying degree of gravel composition. Located on the right bank of the Ebro River, the gentle undulation of the landscape gives the vineyards differing beneficial expositions. The vineyard elevation can be as high as 500m which along with the prevalent Atlantic winds positively contributes to the healthy state of the vineyards while slowing the ripening of the grapes and thereby creating a perfect equilibrium between phenolic and physiologic ripeness.
Finca Allende Rioja Tinto 2012
The engaging Miguel Angel de Gregorio describes Rioja as ‘Burgundy territory with a Bordeaux history’ and endeavours to capture a little of both in this very fine exemplar of Tempranillo.
Blackberry and hedgerow aromas are followed by a generous mid-palate, where the dark fruit notes are invigorated by hints of tobacco and cedar.