Rioja Crianza, Luis Alegre (Magnum)
£26.50View Product >Add to basket
StyleFull & Opulent
A large estate, with 180 hectares of immaculately maintained vineyards in Castelnuovo Berardenga, which lies adjacent to its sister property Villa la Pagliaia. The wines at both are made by Leonardo Bellacini, a master of the 'non interventionist' approach, giving classic expressions of high quality Sangiovese, restrained and complex and with great balance and depth. The secret lies in high quality grapes from exceptional vineyards, driven by an intensive research programme, in particular by selection of the best naturally occuring clones. The resulting wines are understated but satisfying, unencumbered by new oak, Cabernet or flashy winemaking. Deep ruby red. Offers up aromas of well-ripened wild berry fruit, blackberry preserves, tobacco leaf and tanned leather. An expansive, generous palate displays rich mouthfeel, developing into a long, persistent and fruit-filled finish.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Silver Medal
"'Nicely integrated, with a complex nose of bitter cocoa beans, tobacco and black oolong tea leaf alongside coffee and sweet spice,' said Olivier Marie of Coq d'Argent. Match with rich dishes such as roast fatty pork. Wonderful value, this was just too young to join the Gold List. We hope we'll see it again in future years."