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Characteristics of La Montesa
Palacios Remondo La Montesa is a red wine from La Rioja produced by Bodegas Palacios Remondo. The technical director, Alvaro Palacios, is known for producing one of the most coveted wines from Spain, L'Ermita, in his Priorat winery.
Palacios Remondo La Montesa is a blend of typical varieties of La Rioja: Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo.
The grapes come from vineyards planted at an altitude of 550 metres, at the foot of Mount Yerga, in the municipality of Alfaro, in lower Rioja.
The soils are mainly limestone and clay with many stones. The climate is Mediterranean with Atlantic influences, with a large temperature difference between winter and summer, allowing an excellent ripening of the grapes.
Harvesting is done manually, using periods of little sunlight to keep the grapes fresh. Once in the winery, the grapes are destemmed and go through a selection process before maceration at low temperature for 23 days to extract all the aromas.
Palacios Remondo La Montesa is fermented in stainless steel tanks for three weeks. Once, it has passed through French oak barrels (90%) and American oak barrels, (10%) it is aged for 12 months. 20% are new barrels, 30% barrels have contained one wine previously, 25% have contained 2 wines and 25% have contained 3 wines.
Serve at 16ºC
Roasted lamb, Cold meat, Mature cheese, Game birds, Stew, Rice with meat, Stews, Grilled red meats, White meat
La Montesa 2015 offers one of the most fragrant expressions of the Grenache in Rioja Baja. The fruitiness and the delicate stay in used barrels give this wine a fluid and drinkable character. A very good Grenache from a Mediterranean climate.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
SightPretty red cherry colour with a garnet rim.NoseA ripe fruit presence on the nose. Red fruits like strawberries and raspberries and some touches of currants and blueberries. Herbal notes and certain balsamic touches. Presence of toasted notes and some spices.TasteThe taste is very nice and velvety. Lots of fruit and spicy memories. Very fresh and sweet. Well-polished tannins and good acidity. Very elegant and persistent finish.
SightPretty red cherry colour with a garnet rim.NoseA ripe fruit presence on the nose. Red fruits like strawberries and raspberries and some touches of currents and blueberries. Herbal notes and certain balsamic touches. Presence of toasted notes and some spicesTasteOn the palate it is a pleasant wine and velvety. A lot of fruit with spicy nuances. Very fresh and tempting. Polished tannins with a good acidity. An elegant and persistent finish.
2010 was considered the perfect vintage after some very good years. An optimal growth cycle, without incidents regarding the health of the vineyards. The harvest took place during a magnificent state of the vines and with a moderate production, with good fruit setting and slow ripening. A great year with excellent ageing potential, which resulted in spicy and fruity wines, with a very good structure and acidity.
SightIntense and lively ruby red colour. Clean and bright wine with thin, uniform tears.NoseClean nasal aromas with marked notes of ripe red fruit, floral and herbal scents, nicely combined with elegant toasted and spicy nuances. Subtle background of menthol. It is an expressive and mellow Rioja with lots of nerve.TasteIt has a fresh, creamy and silky palate. It shows a very good acidity that provides it with liveliness. Noticeable, light and pleasant tannins, good finish and good persistence. Its aftertaste shows the same aromas noticed in nose.
SightIntense garnet red colour. Clean and bright. Good tears.NoseIntense aromas with subtle floral notes, especially violets, accompanied by strong red fruit aromas and herbal hints. As the wine gains contact with the air, mineral notes are increasingly noticed together with toasted hints provided by the oak.TasteLa Montesa is a tasty and fresh Crianza wine. It has a wide attack and a silky mid palate with floral and creamy sensations. Ripe tannins. Long and slightly bitter finish with no astringency. A nice wine.
SightRuby red and purple, maroon and silver, bright and crisp.NoseIn the cup, the passage of minutes opens the protected wine. Overcome shyness, cherries in syrup is diluted and emerging pulp and juice of watermelon, nectarines, apples and quince velvety ripe. The mild fragrance of wood, white pepper and vanilla typical red crianza wines that play to wrap fruit, on a very mineral basis. TasteRaspberries and strawberries with red orange flowing in a texture of delicate smoothness and citric nerve. Fat and silky, creamy, floral, dark chocolate.