Finca Allende Rioja Aurus 2001
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
"Miguel Angel de Gregorio makes wines that match his exuberant personality, and Aurus, with 85% old-vine Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, is his premier offering. The 2001s exotic nose pumps licorice, clove, nutmeg and vanilla on top of the ripest black-fruit aromas going. With pillowy tannins, unmatched breadth and huge flavors of blackberry, plum and chocolate, there's no denying this wine’s quality and stature.
"The 2001 Aurus has a peppermint-scented bouquet with impressive fruit concentration and seems far more backward than the 2000. It has fine balance with ripe minty dark cherry and cassis fruit and an exuberant, youthful, spicy finish that has another 15-20 year ahead of it. Wonderful! Drink now-2030. "
The Wine Advocate
"Good bright, deep ruby. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, plum, mocha, minerals, and smoky, nutty oak. Lush, sweet and voluptuous, but with fruit of steel. Wonderfully dense, thick but vibrant wine that mounts impressively on the back half and saturates the palate with fruits, minerals and spices. One of the longest Spanish wines of my recent tastings and a great example of this outstanding vintage."
International Wine Cellar
"The flavors seem to be amplified out of the bright, dense color of this wine, with rose and red-cherry skins adding to the plump juiciness of the flavor. It's fragrant with layered complexities and full-on richness of texture, a modern style that remains sensitive to the distinctive character of the fruit. The ripe fruit and oak translate to meatiness, making this a mouthwatering red for thick-cut lamb chops smothered in cèpes and sun-dried tomatoes."
Wine & Spirits
"This punchy red is dominated by toasty, smoky oak flavors, but there's plenty of ripe fruit underneath, with notes of plum, raisin and spice, and enough acidity to keep it lively."
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Records from 1672 prove that the De Gregorio family has been involved in viticulture and winemaking for several centuries. In fact, Nicholas De Gregorio was for almost 40 years the vineyard manager for the oldest winery in Rioja, Marques de Murrieta. He is a zealous defender of the traditional Rioja grape varieties such as Graciano and Malvasia. Miguel Angel De Gregorio graduated...
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(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...
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Grape that Reigns in Spain
Most often associated with Spain,
is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions
del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light
side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World
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