Grape Varieties : Viura, Malvasia
Golden yellow, lemony colour that is absolutely clear. Elegant and subtle on the nose with hints of citric fruits (grapefruit) and stone fruit (peach and greengage). Balsamic hints. Greasy, sticky, full-flavoured on the mouth with a noticeable body and great lightness as it passes through the mouth and long persistence in retronasal olfaction.
The 2014 Allende Blanco is mostly Viura with 5% Malvasía Riojana from head-pruned vines in the village of Briones. The whole bunches were pressed in a pneumatic press and the must left to settle for 48 hours. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in brand new French barriques for 28 days at 20 degrees Celsius. It matured in oak barrels for 14 months, the first seven with lees and bâtonnage twice per week, then racked off the lees and put back in the barrels. The nose is subtle and with some development, combining aromas of nuts, dried flowers, citrus, apples and some cereals, faintly balsamic and with hints of petrol. The palate reveals good freshness, and it feels quite young with lively acidity and clean, focused flavors. This is a very fresh vintage, an Atlantic year. 32,000 bottles were filled in February 2016.
“A winery is not a building, it is a philosophy, a place where we strive to go further.”
MIGUEL ÁNGEL DE GREGORIO
Situated in La Rioja Alta, on a hill that stands 80 metres above the surrounding countryside, Briones appears silhouetted against the sky, so reflecting the importance of the terroir on which it was built, the importance of a terroir that allows us to get closer to heaven.
Since 1986, when Miguel Ángel de Gregorio discovered the excellent qualities of this land, the interaction between the two, between man and land, between intelligence and potential, has enabled us to give our wines a unique personality of the very highest level.
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