The opinionated owner of?Finca Allende, Miguel Angel de Gregorio, didn?t hesitate when asked recently where his home turf of?Rioja,?Spain, ranks among Old World wine regions: ?Rioja belongs in the top five.?
Aromas of savory leather, wood and baked berry fruits lead to a fresh, well-built palate with fine tannins and integrated but potent acidity. Toasty, blackened plum and berry flavors finish with a coating of oak flavor as well as coffee and chocolate notes. Drink through 2028.?MICHAEL SCHACHNER