WINEMAKERS NOTES The only white wine made by famed Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios at his family's Rioja property, Placet Valtomelloso is an estate-grown wine made in very limited quantities from the indigenous Spanish grape variety, Viura. Plácet, meaning "pleasing," is bright gold in color with enticing aromas of white flowers, lime, fennel root and fresh peaches. On the palate the wine is nimble and vibrant with crisp acidity and a long finish that has notes of fresh pear, white peach and magnolia flowers.
VINTAGE Winemaker Alvaro Palacios has stated that 2009 was one of the most enigmatic and fascinating vintages in the history of Rioja Baja, in the eastern part of the region. After experiencing the rainiest winter and earliest spring in over a decade, “something hard to believe happened,” declared Palacios. “Not a single drop of rain fell over Rioja Baja for the next six months and we couldn’t have been luckier.” Due to the humid conditions during summer and harvest, however, production was slightly lower than normal and it was feared the grapes would not reach optimal maturity. Fortunately, this was not the case; while the beginning of 2009 was quite wet, the remainder of the season was one of the hottest on record and the stark temperature contrasts, combined with scarce production, produced wines that have striking aromatic expression and an accentuated intensity and structure.
VINEYARDS Located on the slope of the Yerga Mountain, at an altitude of 1,800 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points within all of Rioja. The twenty-two year-old Viura vines are hand-harvested and grown organically, without any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. The soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of clay and a stony-calcareous subsoil that is covered in stones and has excellent drainage. Very low in organic material and with a moderated basic pH, the soil type is perfect for growing high quality fruit. Vines are narrowly spaced, pruned under a double cordon de royatstyle and never irrigated. By green harvesting and dropping close to 40% of their fruit, the Palacios Remondo team ensures that only the highest quality fruit is picked during each harvest, which in 2008 took place from October 15thto October 25th.
VARIETY 100% Viura