Named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains in eastern Rioja, La Montesa is a blend of the red grape varieties that grow organically on the Palacios Remondo estate. Ruby red in color with an amaranthine halo, renowned winemaker Alvaro Palacios describes this wine as containing complex aromas of syrup-covered cherries, fresh nectarines, quince paste and delicate notes of wood, white pepper and flint. On the palate the... View More
The Wine Advocate
The purple-colored 2006 La Montesa is 55% Garnacha, 40% Tempranillo, and 5% Mazuelo aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. The nose gives up scents of cedar, leather, mineral, incense, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a structured wine that is a bit short on depth. The flavors are savory and lingering and the wine has some finesse. Two more years in bottle may well fill it out.
Bodegas Palacios Remondo is based in Alfaro in the Rioja Baja. This old family firm has been revitalized by the arrival of Alvaro Palacios who has already made his name, starting from scratch, with his extraordinary Priorato wines. He is now intent on bringing the family Rioja company into the front line. The wines are made from their own vineyards, a rarity in the Rioja region.
Palacios is deeply committed to organic viticulture and natural winemaking... View More