Palacios Remondo : La Montesa 2015

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A Grenache-Tempranillo Blend with Velvety Red Fruit Flavors

The Palacios Remondo winery, based in Alfaro in Rioja Baja, was founded in 1945 by José Palacios Remondo. It was revitalized by the arrival of the founder's son, Alvaro Palacios, who had already earned his fame through successful winemaking ventures in Priorat and Bierzo. Since his return, Palacios has drastically reduced yield and focused instead on quality, highlighting the beautiful potential of the Grenache variety grown at high elevations. The La Montesa 2015 by Palacios Remondo is a Rioja wine made with grapes grown on the estate's La Montesa hillside vineyard, located at an altitude of 1,800 feet on the northern slope of the Yerga Mountains. The vines here are 30 years old on average and grown organically at a density of 3,000 plants per hectare. The soil contains sediments of the Quaternary Era, consisting of a clay and stony-calcareous subsoil, covered in stones and offering excellent drainage. Dry-farming and dropping around 40% of the fruit ensure that the fruit that is (manually) harvested in September is of the highest quality. Grenache and Tempranillo clusters were carefully selected in the vineyard and then again on a sorting table, before being de-stemmed and added to stainless steel tanks, where they went through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Maceration took around 35 days and the blend was aged for 12 months in new and used 90% French and 10% American oak barrels. The wine was not filtered, but clarified with gelatin before bottling in Spring, 2017.

The La Montesa 2015 by Palacios Remondo is a beautiful blend of Grenache and Tempranillo, saturated with velvety red fruit, along with hints of sweet spices and orange peel, on both the nose and palate. This Spanish wine is very flavorful and refreshing, with lots of volume and a long, satisfying finish.
Parker : 92+ / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Always a sure value, the 2015 La Montesa, has been increasing the amount of Garnacha in its blend, and here it reached 92% with the remaining 8% being Tempranillo. La Montesa is the name of a large estate where different lieux-dits, or parajes in Spanish, contribute to the blend of Valtomelloso, Valfrio and Valviejo. The grapes were hand-picked throughout October, then destemmed, crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats, with remontage, where it also underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine matured in barrel for 12 months before being bottled. There is a big jump from La Vendimia to La Montesa in finesse, freshness and subtleness. The tannins are ultrafine, and the flavors are intense and deep, with some spicy undertones and a very tasty finish. Amazingly good. A whopping 650,000 bottles and some other formats produced. The quality is amazing for the volume, and it's also a good value.
La RiojaRioja
Grape varieties
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Dessert wine
No

Country
Spain

Wine certification
DOCa

Region
La Rioja

Appellation
Rioja

Color
Red

Producer
Palacios Remondo

Parker
92+

Allergens
Contains sulfites