Aldonia, Rioja 2016

SR09916
Intense and complex on the nose and palate with berry fruit, plums even cassis mixed with mocha, caramel, vanilla and balsamic. A long, fresh and mineral finish.
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Producer Aldonia
Type Red
ABV 15.0%
Bottle Size 75 cl
Country Spain
Region Spain
Area Rioja
Style Powerful
Vintage 2016
Major Grape Grenache
Grapes 82% Grenache, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano
Drinking Guide Drink Now
More Features Environmentally Friendly
Food Match Rabbit Casserole
Notes Environmentally-Friendly
Press Reviews

It’s the perfect month to make you see red
A radiant Rioja, garnacha (82%) is in the driving seat here with tempranillo playing second fiddle, and this pleasing mix of sweet red berries with a lick of vanilla is perfectly balanced and feels lighter than you’d expect at 15% abv. A lovely freshness on the finish keeps it bright and youthful.
Sam Wyle-Harris, Belfast Telegraph, 7th September 2019

Don’t go expecting the flavour of cooked strawberries and vanilla from this very modern rioja: the high percentage (82%) of Grenache makes for a wine that is sleeker and lighter on its feet, and wears its alcohol lightly.
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph, 28th April 2018

New-wave riojas are more likely to be made by newer wineries or run by the younger generation who have made wine in other countries and are seeking a point of difference from larger producers who prioritise consistency. Aldonia, for instance, specialises in garnacha rather than the traditional tempranillo, which is one reason for its 15% abv. 
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 28th October 2017

82% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano matured for 12 months in oak barrels. Paler than the Vendimia 2015 and the nose is subtler. Less bumptious and a bit more reticent at this stage but with an attractive stoniness on the finish. Good balance and a real future. 16.5/20 Drink 2018–2023

This is all of 15% alcohol, doesn't taste it but I would be pretty wary of any second bottle.
Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com, 13th October 2017

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It’s the perfect month to make you see red
A radiant Rioja, garnacha (82%) is in the driving seat here with tempranillo playing second fiddle, and this pleasing mix of sweet red berries with a lick of vanilla is perfectly balanced and feels lighter than you’d expect at 15% abv. A lovely freshness on the finish keeps it bright and youthful.
Sam Wyle-Harris, Belfast Telegraph, 7th September 2019

Don’t go expecting the flavour of cooked strawberries and vanilla from this very modern rioja: the high percentage (82%) of Grenache makes for a wine that is sleeker and lighter on its feet, and wears its alcohol lightly.
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph, 28th April 2018

New-wave riojas are more likely to be made by newer wineries or run by the younger generation who have made wine in other countries and are seeking a point of difference from larger producers who prioritise consistency. Aldonia, for instance, specialises in garnacha rather than the traditional tempranillo, which is one reason for its 15% abv. 
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 28th October 2017

82% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano matured for 12 months in oak barrels. Paler than the Vendimia 2015 and the nose is subtler. Less bumptious and a bit more reticent at this stage but with an attractive stoniness on the finish. Good balance and a real future. 16.5/20 Drink 2018–2023

This is all of 15% alcohol, doesn't taste it but I would be pretty wary of any second bottle.
Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com, 13th October 2017

 

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