La Montesa 2018 DO Rioja

Deep, red fruit & herb.

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Ideal with grilled red meats, small game with hair and feathers, cold cuts and creamy semi-cured cheeses.

£15.40

About the winemaker

The Palacios family are making some of Spain’s most exciting wines. We have Alvaro Palacios, who makes stunning wines in Priorat. Then there’s the Bierzo project of Descendientes de J. Palacios in Corrullón, a partnership between Alvaro and nephew Ricardo Perez Palacios. Alvaro’s brother, Rafael Palacios, makes excellent wines in Valdeorras. And finally, we have the family property of Palacios Remondo in Rioja. This is based in the eastern part of the region, with a more Mediterranean climate. Garnacha does better here. These wines are really good and are relatively affordable.

Notes

After a long maceration of 35 days, an initial blend was made, and the wine was aged for 12 months in new and used 90% French and 10% American oak barrels.

La Montesa is named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains. The site is at high altitude for Rioja, giving the wine its unusual freshness. The Palacios Remondo winery history stretches back five generations when the D.O.C. Rioja was first gaining notoriety as one of the premier winemaking regions of the world. Alvaro Palacios was voted Decanter Magazine’s Man of the Year (M 2015).

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