La Montesa 2008
12 months in new and used 90% French and 10% American oak barrels
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Restraint in both oak and ripeness mark Palacios Remondo, and this 2008 is no exception. For the moment, the oak offers vanilla and caramel notes, as well as cinnamon; in a year or two from now, those notes will integrate further and the interplay of red fruits, dried fruits, and minty herbs will be more prominent. Drink in the next several years and a few years beyond.
Named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains in eastern Rioja, La Montesa is a blend of the red grape varieties that grow organically on the Palacios Remondo estate. The wine is crimson in color with complementary aromas of ripe strawberries, fresh plums, toasted notes, and a hint of blood orange. On the palate, it is velvety and vibrant, with succulent flavors of soft minerals, chocolate-covered cherries, toffee, and white pepper. Meant to enjoy now or age up to ten years, this wine is very versatile and pairs well with flavorful cuisine.
About the Winery
At an altitude of 1,800 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are located at some of the highest points within all of Rioja. The average age of the vines is 23 years. The soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the quaternary era, consisting of clay and a stony-calcareous subsoil covered in gravel, similar to that of Chateauneuf du Pape. Very low in organic material and with a moderated basic pH, the soil type is perfect for growing quality fruit. The vines are narrowly spaced, pruned under a double cordon de royat style, farmed organically, and rarely irrigated. By green harvesting and dropping significant fruit, Palacios Remondo ensures that only the highest quality fruit are picked during harvest.