James Suckling 93
“Lots of beautiful and bright fruit in this Rioja with crushed-berry, flower and raspberry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Fine tannins and bright acidity.“
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.
Wine Advocate 90+
“The blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo 2018 La Vendimia had been in bottle for a little over one month when I tasted it, yet it felt harmonious and expressive. It's a juicy and fruit-driven 50/50 blend of the two grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for four months. This year the wine shows more freshness, and in this cooler year, even the Tempranillo feels quite lifted and fresh, with red rather than black fruit, as the variety can suffer in warmer years in this warmer part of Rioja. This is fresh, young and juicy, with round and lush tannins, one of the finest years for this young bottling.‘
by Wine Advocate, LG, 2019.
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Founded in 1945, it has been the seed of a wine producing dynasty which has expanded beyond the Rioja confines. Álvaro is based in Priorat and in Bierzo with nephew Ricardo Pérez whereas Rafael Palacios is making white wines in Valdeorras.
Palacios Remondo has always been among the leading producers in the often snubbed Rioja Baja, traditionally associated with mass produded wines rather than quality brands. It is therefore understandable that Álvaro Palacios tried for a while to popularise the less derogatory name of Rioja Oriental. Regardless of his long absence, the shadow of Spain's celebrity winemaker has always hanged over the family winery and he is now in charge of both the business and the wines.
His vision of this part of Rioja could be summarised in two words: Garnacha and altitude. The jewel of the winery is the fabulous La Montesa vineyard, which rises on the hillsides of Monte Yerga. When Garnacha, Rioja Baja's natural variety, is planted on this location and at the right orientation, it can give wines that stand out among others in the Denomination for their freshness, aromatic nose and balsamic power. As an expert in the variety thanks to his work in Priorat, he has increased the presence of Garnacha in the house bottlings. It now represents 75% of the blend in La Montesa (€11) whereas the premium Propiedad Viñedos Tradicionales (€21) is a single varietal.