2017 Palacios Remondo La Montesa Garnacha
Once a conventional Rioja producer based on industrially farmed Tempranillo, nowadays the vineyards of Palacios Remondo are organic and bio-dynamically grown low-crop plantings of Garnacha & Tempranillo with a scattering of white Viura. The wine is now mostly composed of high altitude, mountain grown Garnacha, which is aged for a year in a mixture of new and up to 4 year-old barriques.
The 2017 La Montesa is mostly Garnacha with some 8% other red varieties and comes from a warm and dry year that saw a very early harvest, up to 20 days earlier than usual. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrique for 12 months. It feels very Mediterranean, with notes of Mediterranean herbs and ripe berries. It's juicy and lush, round and very pleasant, easy to drink. 670,000 bottles produced and will be labeled organic, very remarkable for such volume. It was bottled in May 2019.
Luis Gutiérrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (June 2019)
Limpid ruby. Expressive red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral scents pick up a hint of succulent herbs with air. Juicy, expansive boysenberry, cherry cola and candied rose flavors deepen through the midpalate. Shows very good depth and energy and closes sweet, spicy and long, with discreet tannins adding gentle grip. Drink 2022 - 2027.
Josh Raynolds - Vinous (April 2021)
Lots of cherry and raspberry aromas with floral undertones here. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Fruity finish. A little tight now. Better in 2021.
JamesSuckling.com (September 2020)