Finca Allende Rioja Calvario 2001
95 points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): The 2001 Calvario delivers the finest aromatics of the series thanks to the quality of the vintage and the additional bottle age. It is approachable now but still evolving. This is a complete, complex, lengthy wine that should continue to drink well through 2026. (Jun 2010)
External Reviews for Finca Allende Rioja Calvario
A powerhouse. It has an inky color, roasted aromas of espresso and tobacco, and intense flavors of bitter chocolate, plum, prune and mineral supported by muscular tannins. Not typical, but has an intense character. Best from 2005 through 2012.
The blockbuster 2001 Calvario is a single vineyard Rioja produced from 90% Tempranillo, 8% Grenache, and 2% Graciano, all from vines planted in 1945. Aged in new French oak for 14 months, and bottled unfiltered, it is a sensational effort revealing an inky/purple color along with gorgeously complex aromas of cedar, blackberries, creme de cassis, scorched earth, minerals, and smoky new oak. This full-throttle, seriously endowed effort coats the palate and nearly stains the teeth. Unevolved and rich, but impeccably balanced, even elegant given its total symmetry/harmony, it should hit its prime in 2andndash;4 years, and age gracefully for the following 12andndash;15.