Bodegas Finca Nueva Rioja Reserva DOC 2010 (Rioja, Spain) "...vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate..."
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.
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.
"Powerful nose, complex, very ripe fruit; vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate notes. Sweetly fruited, good acidity and a lingering finish.'' - 92 Points, Guia Repsol (Spanish Wine Guide)"The 2010 Reserva is a varietal Tempranillo aged for two years in French oak barrels. 2010 was a very balanced vintage and the wine has reached a level of complexity and depth I had never seen before in this range. There are balsamic aromas of incense and cigar box, intermixed with ripe black cherries and a touch of liqueur. The palate is polished and sleek, with polished, elegant tannins and very balanced acidity. It feels compact and solid. '' - Luis Gutierrez