Aldonia, Rioja 2016
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.
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Grapes||82% Grenache, 15% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Rabbit Casserole|
Unusually, this rioja is mainly Garnacha (Grenache). Lots of sweet fruit but real life and vibrancy too. Belies its alcohol level.
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.
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.
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.