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2012 Palacios Remondo La Montesa
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- Cellar 2 - 3 years (2018-2019)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Deep dark red black tinged colour with a dark red hue. Fragrant aromas of ripe dark raspberries intermixed with scorched earth and a hint of liquorice are followed by some meaty leather like nuances and spicy cedar. Medium bodied with good richness the palate is quite savoury featuring flavours of ripe dark cherries, dark raspberries, meaty earth like characters, subtle leather and cedar with a spicy finish. Velvet like texture with soft very fine grained tannins. Spicy aftertaste of ripe dark cherries, dark raspberries, dried meats and earthy leather.
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2012 was one of the driest and warmest years on record (the third driest August since 1961, the fourth warmest since 1961). The 2012 Rioja Crianza la Montesa is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo (Cariñena) from grapes grown in the La Montesa estate in Alfaro, Rioja Baja where the red Garnacha reigns over Tempranillo. The wine is getting lighter and more ethereal, but this ripe 2012 has a heady nose of cherries in liqueur but also black and sour cherries, unnoticeable oak plus just a pinch of dark spices. The palate is soft and silky, with ultra-fine tannins, great acidity and balance. Again, a great showing for La Montesa. This wine is a true bargain; typical Rioja at unbeatable prices. They are transforming their trellised vines to head-pruned. Hard to beat as a great value. 700,000 bottles produced.
Luis Gutierrez – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate