2010 Palacios Remondo "La Montesa" Rioja

SKU #1153127 93 points 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  (12/ 2013)

90 points 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.  (10/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/6/2014  | Send Email
Bright fruit, balanced, and soft to medium tannins. I think it will be hard to find someone that doesn't find this wine enjoyable.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2014  | Send Email
What a delicious, well-made red! If there is a more likeable, juicy, impeccably produced Rioja out there that does a better job of introducing the region to newbies, I'd be surprised. Full of mixed berry fruit, perhaps with more red fruit notes given the larger portion of Garnacha in this wine, this wine shows off the incredibly high quality of Rioja's 2010 vintage, as well as the extra richness and ripeness of this region's wines from the slightly more inland Rioja Baja sub-zone.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5