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Finca Allende 2001

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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"Bottled unfiltered for the USA market, the 2001 Allende exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a sumptuous nose of figs, black currants, blackberries, cigar box, and smoky vanilla. Full-bodied, rich, and opulent, with great purity, density, and length, it should be consumed over the next 6-7 years."
-Wine Advocate

Records from 1672 prove that the De Gregorio family has been involved in viticulture and winemaking for several centuries. Miguel Angel de Gregorio, owner and winemaker, graduated from the University of Madrid with degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Enology. The family's estate of 60 acres (25 ha) is in Briones. The vineyards are 1,440 to 1,680 ft. in elevation (480-560m). The vines are planted in calcareous clay and gravel which dates from the quaternary period, located on the 2nd and 3rd terraces of the Ebro River.

The dual expositions of the vineyards result in two distinct microclimates. The vineyards that face north-northwest produce grapes that are higher in acidity and give structure to the wine. The vineyards that face south-southeast produce grapes with ripe fruit aromas.

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The 2001 Allende has a more complex bouquet than the 2000 with briary, dill, orange zest and a touch of limestone that is beautifully composed. The palate is very well-balanced, with juicy dark berry fruit laced with black pepper and balsamic with fine concentration towards the masculine finish. This is probably the finest Allende – up to this point!

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Finca Allende, , Spain
Finca Allende
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 from the University of Madrid with degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Enology. He has proven in his short career as winemaker to several other wineries to be an innovator in Rioja. Vineyards are located in Briones, Rioja Alta, on the right bank of Ebro River. Grapes are sourced on the family's estate of 60 acres (25 ha) in Briones. Vineyards are situated on both slopes on the hill. Some vineyards face north/northeast, others face south/southeast. The grapes are multi-clonal selections of old Tempranillo which produce smaller berries and yields. The vineyards are 1,440-1,680 feet in elevation(480 to 560 m). The soil has a top layer of calcareous clay over gravel which dates from the quaternary period, located on the 2nd and 3rd terraces of the Ebro River. The climate is typical of Rioja Alta, continental with Atlantic influences. Rains are normally in the winter and spring, with the prevailing winds from the north/northeast. Therefore, this creates two distinct microclimates for the vineyards because of their different exposures.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

SLS1748301_2001 Item# 83929

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