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La Montesa
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains in eastern Rioja, La Montesa is a blend of the red grape varieties that grow organically on the Palacios Remondo estate. Ruby red in color with enticing aromas of cherries, long-stem strawberries, pomegranate juice and red grapefruit rind; this wine is silky on the palate with notes of Bing cherries, ripe nectarines and hints of Mediterranean aromatic herbs. Meant to enjoy now or age up to 10 years, this wine is very versatile and pairs well with flavorful cuisine.

VINTAGE Officially classified as an ‘Excellent’ vintage by the governing body of the D.O.C. Rioja, winemaker Alvaro Palacios has stated that his 2010 vintage wines have an ‘indescribable elegance and charm.’ An extremely dry year, with only 216 liters of rainfall, summer was marked by plentiful hours of sunlight and a cooler average annual soil temperature than in previous years. Bud-break began on March 30th, ten days earlier compared to 2009, and berry set was plentiful. The hot summer and early fall temperatures were interrupted by brief stints of cool weather that helped maintain important diurnal temperature differences, insuring healthy cluster formation and a ‘happy’ maturation all the way to harvest. A vintage full of grace and allure, the 2010 La Montesa is a wine not to be missed.

VINEYARDS At an altitude of 1,800 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points within all of Rioja. The average age of the vines is twenty-four years. The soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the quaternary era, consisting of clay and a stony-calcareous subsoil covered in gravel, similar to that of Chateauneuf du Pape. Very low in organic material and with a moderated basic pH, the soil type is perfect for growing high quality fruit. The vines are narrowly spaced, pruned under a double cordon de royat style, farmed organically and very rarely irrigated. By green harvesting and dropping almost 50% of their fruit, Palacios Remondo ensured only the highest quality fruit was picked during harvest, which took place between the 20th of September and 25th of October.

VARIETY 65% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo
 
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