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2019 La Montesa Crianza, Palacios Remondo, Rioja

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Palacios Remondo is a family-owned winery based in Alfaro, in Rioja Oriental, the warmest and most easterly part of the Rioja appellation. The soils here are silty and alluvial and the semi-arid Mediterranean climate is well-suited to growing Garnacha, a variety that is finally coming back into the foreground in this region, after decades of being supplanted by the more popular Tempranillo.

After making his name in Priorat and Bierzo, Álvaro Palacios returned to his ancestral home in Rioja and took over the winemaking reigns at Palacios Remondo. Álvaro is one of the high-profile winemakers determined to champion Garnacha, particularly from old bush vines. The organically-farmed La Montesa vineyard is testament to what this variety is capable of, in the right hands. Situated on the hillsides of Monte Yerga, this vineyard produces fragrant and aromatically-intense wines that have a Pinot Noir like elegance to them.

La Montesa has lovely purity of fruit and very subtle oak flavours. There’s lovely red fruit character and a real silkiness on the finish. This Álvaro Palacios fella really knows what he’s doing!

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