2012 Bodegas Palacios Remondo "La Montesa" Crianza Rioja

SKU #1237048 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 2012 was one of the driest and warmest years on record (the third driest August since 1961, the fourth warmest since 1961). The 2012 Rioja Crianza la Montesa is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo (Cariñena) from grapes grown in the La Montesa estate in Alfaro, Rioja Baja where the red Garnacha reigns over Tempranillo. The wine is getting lighter and more ethereal, but this ripe 2012 has a heady nose of cherries in liqueur but also black and sour cherries, unnoticeable oak plus just a pinch of dark spices. The palate is soft and silky, with ultra-fine tannins, great acidity and balance. Again, a great showing for La Montesa. This wine is a true bargain; typical Rioja at unbeatable prices. They are transforming their trellised vines to head-pruned. Hard to beat as a great value. (LG)  (4/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby-red. Lively scents of cherry-vanilla, rose pastille, licorice and incense are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of woodsmoke and pipe tobacco. Sappy, sharply focused blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors are complicated by smoky mineral and black pepper elements, with zesty acidity adding lift. Turns deeper with air, picking up a dark chocolate note that lingers on the smooth, subtly tannic, persistent finish. (JR)  (11/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Plump and silky, this round red delivers bright cherry, berry, licorice and orange peel flavors, with well-integrated tannins and a sweet, spicy finish. Expressive. Drink now through 2020.  (7/2015)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2016 | Send Email
I'm thrilled with this wine. Not only are we offering it at an incredible price, but the wine carries all the complexity and depth you expect from a top-tier producer without losing a very accessible, soft fruit presence. I love the Palacios wines from Priorat with their perfect balance of rich texture and complex spice notes. This wine from another region still bears the signature Palacios touch, with dark, luxurious fruit and elegant, balanced aromas and rich, exotic spice. Definitely a must buy!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2015 | Send Email
The 2012 vintage of this single vineyard Rioja has two immediately apparent stylistic stamps. First is the lush red fruit of Garnacha Riojana (Garnacho Riojano if we want to be old-timey and use the masculine spelling). Second is the bright, pure fruit expression and elegant tannins of a wine selected by Spanish legend Alvaro Palacios (of 100 point Priorat fame, yes, that Alvaro Palacios!) Drink this delicious fruit forward with a hearty winter stew of your choice. This will likely be one of our finest values in Grenache this winter - take advantage.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 14.5