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Palacios Remondo La Montesa Crianza
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Palacios Remondo La Montesa Crianza 2015

Rioja, SpainLa Montesa is a blend of the indigenous grape varieties that grow on winemaker Alvaro Palacios' Remondo estate. Montesa is named after a hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountain in eastern Rioja. Alvaro, as only he could, described the wine as "flowing wide in the mouth and possessing the wild strength of the mountain from which the wine hails.” For a mountain wine, I am impressed by its balance and finesse, and the silky, vibrant, red fruit flavours with some exotic notes of orange, brown spice and peaches. This is a garnacha-based blend at its best. The garnacha/tempranillo fruit was field selected and then sorted at the winery, fermented separately in stainless steel tanks for a spontaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. After a 35-day maceration, it was aged 12 months in new and used French (90 percent) and American oak barrels. This is real wine and we enjoyed it with rosemary-scented lamb chops.Tasted: 30 January 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 39.99 private wine shops ON 25.99 consignment - Woodman QC 20.85 SAQ Producer: Palacios RemondoDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Blend: Garnacha - TempranilloCSPC: 921627UPC: 8411580034583