Finca Allende, 2006 Calvario
Variety: Tempranillo blend
This wine….. The more elegant of the Aurus & Calvario pair. Showing breath and finesse, the Calvario is a beautiful wine that slowly unfurls in the glass.
Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries pushing for modernity in Rioja, is the man behind this project. His idea was to regain the region's essence based on the great wines of yesteryear. From this point of view, De Gregorio is a staunch defender of terroir, starting from village wines up to the most renowned vineyards.
All Finca Allende vineyards are in Briones and neighbouring villages on the right bank of the river Ebro. De Gregorio praises this area’s northern exposure which gets less protection from the Sierra de Cantabria than vineyards on the slopes of the opposite bank. Red clay topsoils and gravel are Briones’ archetype of Briones. The calcareous gravel substrate —a legacy of the ancient river course— allows roots to develop well into the subsoil and explains the minerality of the wines.
The flagship red and bearer of the winery's name, Finca Allende, is a 100% Tempranillo from the village of Briones, where the winery is located. It carries the house signature: ripe grapes, considerable concentration and a judicious use of French oak. Aurus is Allende's most ambitious card, inspired in the classic Riojas from the 1940s and conceived to withstand time. It is made from old Tempranillo and Graciano vines planted on calcareous clay soils over gravel and facing north to capture the fresh Atlantic winds.
The range also includes two pago-style labels presented in Burgundy bottles. Calvario is a rich, deep red with seductive textures, explosive fruit and cellaring potential. The white Mártires comes from a vineyard with distinctive clay-loam that sets it apart from any other plots in the vicinity. A Celtic sanctuary once stood there and the chapel of the Holy Martyrs (hence the name of the wine) was built afterwards.
Finca Nueva is Miguel’s second project in Rioja. He likes to call them his ‘fun wines’, ready to be enjoyed upon release, yet reflecting the region’s styles and categories at far more affordable prices than the more serious Allende wines.