An affordable Spanish beauty – 2011 Palacios Remondo, La Montesa, Rioja
I had every intention to open up an older bottle of wine but first I wanted to taste the bottle of 2011 Palacios Remondo, La Montesa, Rioja. With one good sip my mind was changed. I was immediately hooked from the meaty, blue fruited nose to the creamy, dense flavors. This is no surprise given that Alvaro Palacios is behind this wine. He also produces such highly regarded wines as L’Ermita in Priorat and Descendientes de J. Palacios in Bierzo. Following the death of his father in 2000, Alvaro Palacios took over the family winery in Rioja, Palacios Remondo. For the 2011 vintage, he has produced a wine to drink now and not one to age. Do not fear for it always has good complexity. I would grab several bottles for you will see the first bottle to the end then wish you had more. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2011 Palacios Remondo, La Montesa, Rioja – $18
Imported by Folio Fine Wine Partners. This wine is 75% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo, and 5% Mazuelo that was aged for 12 months in new and used French and American oak. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose bore aromas of meaty, blue fruit. In the mouth were similar dense flavors that had controlled ripeness. This forward-drinking wine had ripe extract, creamy hints, and a dry structure. A flat out tasty wine. *** Now-2017.