Winemaker Miguel Angel de Gregorio grew up practically steeped in Rioja – his father was cellarmaster at Marqués de Murrieta – and rose to prominence in the region when he founded the highly regarded Finca Allende in 1995. A vocal exponent of terroir expression, Miguel only uses vineyards on iron-rich clay for Finca Allende. Twenty hectares on limestone are kept separate, and bottled as Finca Nueva. The difference is profound: as so often happens, the limestone brings a finesse and delineation to the Finca Nueva wines, while making them accessible earlier than their dense, tannic stablemates. Needless to say, the white and rosé benefit just as much from this exceptional soil. Stylistically, the whole range deftly straddles Rioja’s traditional-modern divide, with succulent fruit but plenty of savoury complexity. These are seamless wines, the product of a great talent.