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Palacios Remondo 'La Montesa' Tempranillo Garnacha Blend

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Rioja is a pretty confusing appellation: you might get old-fashioned wine (high-crop fruit, lots of daggy barrel impact from ages spent in old American oak), or you may get low-crop, fresh modern estate wine. They can be Tempranillo, Garnacha or some blend of the two. The region is also divided into a high, cool part with poor soils (Riojas Alta and Alavesa) and a relatively low-altitude, warm, alluvial part (Rioja Baja). As ever, get to know individual estates, is our advice.

The family estate of Alvaro Palacios (see also his Bierzo wines p.12, and Priorat wines on p.11), it’s the star property of Rioja Baja, quite high up, devoted to Garnacha-led blends and all about the smell, taste and texture of the red clay dirt and local herb influence. Predominantly Garnacha, then Tempranillo with Graciano and Mazuelo.

Red-black fruits, earthy and savoury with a hint of tobacco from the Tempranillo in the blend. A gently gurgling brook in the mouth, nimble, mineral, elegant. Structurally, it’s impossible to tell where earth, oak, tannin, acid and minerals begin and end ... they meld to affect a disarmingly simple ‘mouthfeel’ within the fruit.

Winemaker's Notes

Rioja is a pretty confusing appellation: you might get old-fashioned wine (high-crop fruit, lots of daggy barrel impact from ages spent in old American oak), or you may get low-crop, fresh modern estate wine. They can be Tempranillo, Garnacha or some blend of the two. The region is also divided into a high, cool part with poor soils (Riojas Alta and Alavesa) and a relatively low-altitude, warm, alluvial part (Rioja Baja). As ever, get to know individual estates, is our advice.

The family estate of Alvaro Palacios (see also his Bierzo wines p.12, and Priorat wines on p.11), it’s the star property of Rioja Baja, quite high up, devoted to Garnacha-led blends and all about the smell, taste and texture of the red clay dirt and local herb influence. Predominantly Garnacha, then Tempranillo with Graciano and Mazuelo.

Red-black fruits, earthy and savoury with a hint of tobacco from the Tempranillo in the blend. A gently gurgling brook in the mouth, nimble, mineral, elegant. Structurally, it’s impossible to tell where earth, oak, tannin, acid and minerals begin and end ... they meld to affect a disarmingly simple ‘mouthfeel’ within the fruit.

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