WINEMAKER'S NOTES La Vendimia, meaning "the harvest," represents the quality potential of Spanish jovenes, wines that have been aged for less than six months in oak barrels. Made by famed Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios, whose father founded the Palacios Remondo winery, La Vendimiais a blend of Spain's two original star varieties: Garnacha and Tempranillo. Lively and lucid, this wine has supple aromas of fresh orchard fruit, wild berries and ripe blood oranges. Fruit-forward and round on the palate, the aromas found on the nose are mimicked in the mouth and include additional notes of sweet spice and raspberry jam. Meant to drink now through the next four years, this consumer-friendly wine can be served slightly chilled and is the perfect accompaniment to any dish.
VINTAGE 2014 was the thirtieth vintage rated as 'good' by the D.O.Ca. Rioja's control board. Favorable weather conditions in spring and summer produced perfect growing conditions for the vines, evidenced by excellent canopy development and plant health towards the end of vreasion. Harvest began towards the middle of September and gradually accelerated until the first week of October, when 'the most intensive harvesting period in Rioja' usually takes place. During this period in 2014, more than 300 million kg of fruit arrived at the crush pad and the grapes' excellent health prompted optimistic forecasts for the majority of wines. By all accounts it was on track to be a 'great' vintage, but poor weather during the second half of harvest resulted in outbreaks of grey rot, causing severe problems for many of Rioja's farmers. An intense selection both in the field and at the winery was required in order to make sure only the best fruit went into tank for fermentation. Considered to be a 'good' year for red wines, curiously, the control board unanimously found the 2014 roses and whites to be of exceptional quality, most likely due to the fact that the varieties that make up those wines are all typically harvested first.
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 winery's estate-owned 10-to 40-year-old vines have been grown organically since 2003, where not a single chemical fertilizer or pesticide has been used for nearly seven years. Their extremely rocky soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of clay and a rock-strewn calcareous subsoil that is covered in small 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. All vines are narrowly spaced, pruned under a double cordon de royatstyle and never irrigated. By green harvesting and dropping significant fruit, Palacios Remondo ensured that only the highest quality fruit was picked during harvest, which took place between the end of September and middle of October.
VARIETY 50% Garnacha Pais and 50% Tempranillo