2010 Palacios Remondo "La Montesa" Rioja
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Finca La Montesa, a blend of 75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo sourced from the family vineyard La Montesa del Monte Yerga in Alfaro, displays an attractive bright red ruby color, subtle notes of perfectly ripe red cherries, flowers, spices, flowers, wild herbs and some chalk sensations. It is extremely elegant. The palate is supple, sapid (umami?), vibrant, pure, balanced and long. Simply delicious and a great value. Drink 2014-2018. Palacios Remondo is the original winery in Rioja created by Don Jose Palacios Remondo in Alfaro in 1945. Owned by the Palacios family, it is one of the most important on the Spanish wine scene. Don Jose had nine children of whom four remain in the wine world. Antonio, Chelo and Alvaro started working for the family winery but Alvaro left in 1989 to start his own project in Priorat. Rafael, the youngest, joined the family business and he developed the white Placet, but he eventually left to focus on white wine, and created his own project in Valdeorras with the Godello grape (As Sortes and now O Soro) from the 2004 vintage. One of Chelo's sons, Ricardo Perez Palacios, was interested in wine and he teamed up with his uncle Alvaro to create the Descendientes de J. Palacios, in Bierzo, a region Alvaro had in mind right from the time he started in Priorat, named after Alvaro's father and Ricardo's grandfather, who passed away in 2000. Antonio left Palacios Remondo and Alvaro returned to apply his wide experience with Garnacha
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(100% tempranillo, aged in French and American oak for 12 months): Deep ruby. Expressive red fruit and floral scents are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of licorice and dark chocolate. Lively, open-knit cherry and black raspberry flavors show good energy and gain a smoky nuance with air. Finishes sweet and long, with supple tannins and a hint of bitter chocolate. Drinking well now.
As the review indicates, the Palacios family is one of the most important in the Spanish wine scene, having brought to market many well regarded wines from several D.O.s across the country. This Rioja is both a delicious, true to vintage reflection of 2010 as well as the Rioja Baja, with its generous, bright, pure, Mediterranean like fruit forward style. Rather than relying on longer ageing and the marked personality of American oak cooperage, this is a wine that owes its style to very well tended Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo vines on the high plateau of the Rioja Baja. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)