2017 Palacios Remondo La Montesa (750ml)

Grenache from Rioja, Spain

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The Palacios family has been leading a renaissance in the Rioja Baja for years. In a sub-zone where the majority of wines are released by the co-op, the Palacios family – one of the most important in Spain – is returning to their roots, focusing more on old-vine Garnacha. Having fallen out of vogue in the '80s, Garnacha was actually the once-preferred grape in the Baja. Being more Mediterranean in climate, Rioja Baja comes complete with those famous rolled stones you'll find in the southern Rhone, deposited in this region centuries ago as rivers flooded the area – and Garnacha flourishes here. Using 75% of this variety in their la Montesa returns wines which mimic single vineyard Chateauneufs: wild flowers, herbs, wild spices, buckets of blue and black fruits. Think single-vineyard CDP for ¼ the price. The 2017 is the finest La Montesa yet wine yet fortesa at a very unrefined price, a Rioja steal.


The 2017 La Montesa is mostly Garnacha with some 8% other red varieties and comes from a warm and dry year that saw a very early harvest, up to 20 days earlier than usual. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrique for 12 months. It feels very Mediterranean, with notes of Mediterranean herbs and ripe berries. It's juicy and lush, round and very pleasant, easy to drink. 670,000 bottles produced and will be labeled organic, very remarkable for such volume. It was bottled in May 2019.

92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

Lots of cherry and raspberry aromas with floral undertones here. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Fruity finish. A little tight now. Better in 2021.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)

Alvaro Palacios makes this wine at his family’s estate in Rioja Oriental—the eastern zone formerly known as Baja. He farms this garnacha at an elevation of 1,800 feet, producing it without additions other than some sulfur (and some egg whites for clarifying the wine). Spend some time with the wine and you may begin to sense its very Spanish soul, something you can feel in the bright red fruit, something you can breathe in the savor of the grape-skin tannins. It’s a light, simple, tangy red that will only improve over the course of four days, recorked, on a cool pantry shelf.

91 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)

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