Wine "Calvario", Rioja DOC, 2005
The wine is dark red with violet hue.
The wine has a balanced flavor with hints of ripe black currant combined with bright tones of oak, hints of licorice, nuts and tobacco. In wine blends elegance and full-bodied. The finish is long, fruity.
The wine has a bewitching scent with notes of toasty new oak, wild black berries, cherries and floral notes.
The wine goes well with red meat and game, as well as seasoned cheeses.
In 1986, Miguel Angel de Gregorio began to acquire small plots of vineyards with old vines in Briones, which he learned at the time was engaged in winemaking in Breton. Miguel left Breton in 1995 and together with his sister Mercedes founded a new estate of 25 hectares. The winery Finca Allende has released its first wine "Allende" in 1995, "Aurus" - in 1996 and "Calvario" - in 1999. Since the first appearance of these wines regularly receive awards and are among the most respected wines of Rioja.
"Allende" in Spanish means "further", and this word is an expression of the philosophy of the economy.
Vineyards farms are located at an altitude of 480- 560 meters above sea level in Briones (La Rioja Alta). Winery and cellar are located in the square Briones Ibarra in an ancient palace, built in the XVI century. Family Gregorio completely restored building, making it an emblem of medieval Castilian lion image that can be seen also on the labels of wine farms.
Briones land stretching along the edge of the valley of Ebro and have a hilly surface. Continental climate, the north-eastern exposure vineyards and rich soil make perfect conditions for ripening grapes. The total area of vineyards Finca Allende is 36 hectares, the main cultivated variety is Tempranillo, it covers an area of 34.5 hectares, the remaining 1.5 hectares are planted with grapes Garnacha, Graciano, Viura and Malvasia. Miguel is based on a systematic approach to winemaking and grape growing. He spent 10 years studying 92 separate areas of their vineyards. In the vineyards do not use fertilizers. The grapes are harvested by hand and passes strict selection. Selected bunches are separated by ridges, after fermentation, the wine is moved into barriques, where the malolactic fermentation. Used for aging barrels of French and American oak barrels a third updated annually, in the process of aging wine twice removed from the sediment.