Palacios Remondo Propiedad

DOCa Rioja

The Palacios Remondo winery is located in the eastern portion of Spain’s oldest and best known winemaking region, the D.O.C. Rioja.  The estate’s flagship wine, Propiedad, is made from old-vine Garnacha that grows in stunning high-elevation vineyards resting  on the rocky hillsides of Rioja Oriental. Produced in a vintage characterized as ‘Very Good’ by the D.O.Ca. Rioja,  the 2015 Propiedad contains unique aromas of candied orange peel, ripe strawberries, marzipan, dried Mediterranean herbs and soft, toasted oak notes.  Well-balanced and exceptionally smooth on the palate, the 2015 Propiedad is both feminine, floral and fruit-forward, with excellent oak integration, akin to the world’s best Pinot Noirs. Containing well-integrated tannins and an incredibly long finish, this wine is meant to drink now or age up to ten years. Only 3,300 9-liter cases were produced.

2015 was rated as ‘very good’ by the D.O.Ca. Rioja’s control board.  Favorable weather conditions in spring and summer produced perfect growing conditions for the vines, as evidenced by an excellent canopy development and plant health towards the end of verasion.  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 2015, more than 300 million kg of fruit arrived at the crush pads in Rioja 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 Alta and Alavesa’s farmers. Thankfully the sub-region of Rioja Oriental was affected less and a careful selection performed both in the field and at the winery by Palacios Remondo’s superb winemaking team insured only the very best fruit went into tank for fermentation.

Hand-picked, old-vine Garnacha clusters were selected, first in the field and again on a sorting table at the winery, before being de-stemmed and put separately into 5,000 liter oak tanks for an alcoholic and malolactic fermentation using native yeasts.  After a long maceration of 47 days, an initial blend was made and the wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels and foudres.  The wine was then left unfiltered before bottling.

Wine analysis: 5.0 g/l (0.50%) total acidity; 3.54 pH; 14.78% alcohol by volume

Located on the slope of the Yerga mountain, at an altitude of 2,100 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown organically at some of the highest points of Eastern Rioja. The old Garnacha vines that are used for making this wine are 30- to 90-years-old and are planted in a East-northeast orientation to the sun. The unique soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of volcanic ophite and sandstone pebbles, quartz and white carbonates. Very low in organic material, with excellent drainage and a moderated basic pH, the soil type has been known for producing high quality wines for hundreds of years.  The vines are narrowly spaced, head pruned, never irrigated and only produce around 1.5 Kg of fruit per vine each year. Alvaro Palacios ensured that only the highest quality fruit was picked during harvest, which took place from the 1st-30th of October.

The Palacios Remondo winery is located in the eastern portion of Spain’s oldest and best known winemaking region, the D.O.C. Rioja. The estate’s flagship wine, Propiedad,is made from old-vine Garnacha that grows in five unique high-elevation vineyards resting on the rocky hillsides of Rioja Oriental. Produced in a vintage characterized as ‘Very Good’ by the D.O.Ca. Rioja, the 2012 Propiedad contains enticing aromas of ripe plumbs, fresh orange peel, warm Mediterranean herbs and vine-ripened berries. With well-balanced acidity, the wine is incredibly silky and soft on the mid-palate. Feminine, fruity and floral, akin to the world’s best Pinot Noirs, the 2012 Propiedad contains round tannins and an incredibly long finish. Meant to drink now or age up to ten years, only 1,746 9-liter cases were produced.

Winemaker Alvaro Palacios describes the 2012 vintage as being ‘Mediterranean in character,’ as it was marked by periods of extreme heat and high temperatures. The month of August was the third driest (and summer in general, the fourth hottest) on record since 1961. Irregular rainfall lead to an irregular ripening in the vineyards and non-native varieties, which are the worst suited to this type of weather, suffered the most in Rioja. Traditional varieties fared the best, especially when cared for by vineyard management teams that had the expertise and patience to wait for the late October rains. Alvaro Palacios stated that a delayed harvest in his vineyards helped ‘round out the phenolic ripeness’ of his grapes, resulting in ‘concentrated and vigorous wines, that show finesse, elegance and unique sensory nuances, which slowly, sensually and shyly expanded during the process of oak aging.’

The Palacios Remondo winery is located in the eastern portion of Spain’s oldest and best known winemaking region, the D.O.C. Rioja. The estate’s flagship wine, Propiedad,is made from old-vine Garnacha that grows in five unique high-elevation vineyards resting on the rocky hillsides of Rioja Oriental. Produced in a vintage characterized as ‘Very Good’ by the D.O.Ca. Rioja, the 2012 Propiedad contains enticing aromas of ripe plumbs, fresh orange peel, warm Mediterranean herbs and vine-ripened berries. With well-balanced acidity, the wine is incredibly silky and soft on the mid-palate. Feminine, fruity and floral, akin to the world’s best Pinot Noirs, the 2012 Propiedad contains round tannins and an incredibly long finish. Meant to drink now or age up to ten years, only 1,746 9-liter cases were produced. Hand-picked, old-vine Garnacha clusters were selected, first in the field and again on a sorting table at the winery, before being de-stemmed and put separately into 5,000 liter oak tanks for an alcoholic and malolactic fermentation using native yeasts. After a long maceration of 28 days, an initial blend was made and the wine was aged for 12 months in 50% new and 50% one year-old French oak barrels and foudres. The wine was then left unclarified and unfiltered before bottling. 92% Garnacha and an 8% blend of other indigenous, traditional Spanish varieties

Wine analysis: 5.5 g/l (0.55%) Total acidity 3.55 pH 14.5% Alcohol by Volume

Located on the slope of the Yerga mountain, at an altitude of 2,100 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown organically at some of the highest points of Eastern Rioja. The old Garnacha vines that are used for making this wine are 30-to 90-years-old and are planted in a East-northeast orientation to the sun. The unique soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of volcanic ophite and sandstone pebbles, quartz and white carbonates. Very low in organic material, with excellent drainage and a moderated basic pH, the soil type has been known for producing high quality wines for hundreds of years. The vines are narrowly spaced, head pruned, never irrigated and only produce around 1.5 Kg of fruit per vine each year. Alvaro Palacios ensured that only the highest quality fruit was picked during harvest, which took place between the15th and 30thof October. Valmira, Valfrio, Las Mulgas, Valviejo and Corral de Serrano -La Rioja Oriental, Spain

The Palacios Remondo winery history stretches back five generations when the D.O.C. Rioja was first gaining notoriety as one of the premier winemaking regions of the world. José Palacios Remondo, father of renowned winemaker Alvaro Palacios, reestablished the estate in 1945. Alvaro Palacios, born at his family's winery in Alfaro, became one of Spain's winemaking pioneers for his successes in Priorat and Bierzo and was recently voted Decanter Magazine's Man of the Year (March, 2015). In 2000, upon his father's death, Alvaro assumed responsibility for Palacios Remondo, and committed to taking the estate's quality to new heights. Under his inspired leadership, Palacios Remondo is now a rising star of Rioja.

Tasting Notes

The 2011 Propiedad contains matchless aromas of sweet aromatic herbs, Mediterranean forest floor, fresh cream, toasted oak and vine-ripened berries. Well-balanced and exceptionally smooth on the palate, the 2011 Propiedad is both feminine, fruity and floral, akin to the world's best Pinot Noirs. Containing well-integrated tannins and an incredibly long finish, this wine is meant to drink now or age up to ten years.

2011 was the third consecutive year of drought in Rioja, characterized by extreme winter and summer temperatures and below-average rainfall. The coolest July on record in over a decade, though, prevented serious evapo-transpiration of the small amount of water left in the soil and vines. A warm and sunny August and September allowed the Palacios Remondo team to harvest each variety at its optimal ripeness. Upon completion of fermentation, Alvaro described his wines as showing signs of "wildness and timidity," properties of the austere weather conditions of 2011. Once in barrel, these traits were melded into a stunning finished wine that shows "great finesse, elegance and aromatic complexity" - hallmark traits of a great vintage. In a year the D.O.C. Rioja deemed "excellent," winemaker Alvaro Palacios feels his wines from the 2011 vintage possess a great Mediterranean character attributed to the land, sun exposure and high temperatures where his grapes are grown.

Hand-picked, old-vine Garnacha clusters were selected first in the field and again on a sorting table, before being destemmed and out separately into 5,000 liter oak tanks for an alcoholic and malolactic fermentation using native yeasts. After a long maceration of 28 days, an initial blend was made and the wine was aged for 12 months in 50% new and 50% one year-old French oak barrels. The wine was then left unclarified and unfiltered before bottling.

100% Garnacha Acidity: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.41 ABV: 14.5%

Located on the slope of the Yerga mountain, at an altitiude of 2,100 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points of Eastern Rioja. The old Garnacha vines that are used for making this wine are 30- to 90-years-old and are located across five unique vineyards. The unique soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of volcanic ophite and sandstone pebbles, quartz and white carbonates. Very low in organic material, with excellent drainage and a moderated basic pH, the soil type has been known for producing high quality wines for hundreds of years. The vines are narrowly spaced, head pruned, never irrigated and only produce around 1 Kg of fruit per vine each year.

The Palacios Remondo winery history stretches back five generations when the D.O.C. Rioja was first gaining notoriety as one of the premier winemaking regions of the world. José Palacios Remondo, father of renowned winemaker Alvaro Palacios, reestablished the estate in 1945. Alvaro Palacios, born at his family's winery in Alfaro, became one of Spain's winemaking pioneers for his successes in Priorat and Bierzo. In 2000, upon his father's death, Alvaro assumed responsibility for Palacios Remondo, and committed to taking the estate's quality to new heights. Under his inspired leadership, Palacios Remondo is now a rising star of Rioja.

Tasting Notes

With sensuous notes of orange peel, red currants, nectarines and black cherries on the nose and palate, winemaker Alvaro Palacios describes this wine as being fleshy and fluid with a soft aftertaste that invokes a hill covered with chamomile and rosemary flowers as its origin. Containing well-integrated tannins and a long finish, this wine is meant to drink now or age up to ten years.

2010 has been characterized by winemaker Alvaro Palacios as being a year of incredible grace and charm. Overall an extremely dry vintage, only 216 liters of water fell during the entire year. While the vintage was full of natural sunlight, temperatures were actually cooler than in previous years and the majority of the clusters only began to ripen when a few hot days broke out among the greater number of mild days and cool nights. Alvaro says that this extended maturation led to wines that have "great structural support, are fresh and aromatic, with lively acidity and a long finish." Vibrant and versatile are words that he uses to describe the 2010 Propiedad.

Hand-picked, old-vine Garnacha clusters were selected first in the field and again on a sorting table, before being destemmed and out separately into 5,000 liter oak tanks for an alcoholic and malolactic fermentation using native yeasts. After a long maceration of 28 days, an initial blend was made and the wine was aged for 14 months in 50% new and 50% one year-old French oak barrels. The wine was then left unclarified and unfiltered before bottling.

100% Garnacha Acidity: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.47 ABV: 14.5%

Located on the slope of the Yerga mountain, at an altitiude of 2,100 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points of Eastern Rioja. The old Garnacha vines that are used for making this wine are 30- to 90-years-old and are located across five unique vineyards. The unique soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of volcanic ophite and sandstone pebbles, quartz and white carbonates. Very low in organic material, with excellent drainage and a moderated basic pH, the soil type has been known for producing high quality wines for hundreds of years. The vines are narrowly spaced, head pruned, never irrigated and only produce around 1 Kg of fruit per vine each year. Alvaro Palacios ensured that only the highest quality fruit was picked during harvest, which took place between September 20th and October 20th.

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, January 2018

    "A pure garnacha that shows incredible depth and freshness with strawberry and berry character. Plush on the entrance, it turns precise and focused at the finish. Vivid and bright. Drink now."

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, February 2018

    "No 2013 or 2014 was produced of the old-vine selection, so I tasted the 2015 Propiedad, a pure Garnacha since 2010. But, as it's selected from old vines in five plots in different "parajes"—Valtomelloso, Valviejo, Las Mulgas and Corral de Serrano—it always has a small percentage of other traditional grape varieties. The vines range from 30 to 90 years old, and like the rest, they are organically farmed. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and pigéage. It underwent malolactic in barrique and then matured in larger oak casks for 18 months. Again, there is a difference in precision, brightness and depth from la Montesa to this Propiedad. This is, in Palacios's mind, an old-vine cuvée from Alfaro. The palate combines juicy fruit with earthy tones, very fine tannins and balsamic, Mediterranean herbs and a tasty, almost salty finish. Transparent, subtle and delicious, with some hints of the wines from yesteryear. For Palacios, this should be the typical wine from Alfaro—and a very good one at that! 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2017. There will be no Propiedad in 2016; it's only produced in some vintages."

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, January 2018

    "A delicate yet complex red with perfumes of strawberries and flowers. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins and bright acidity. The length and beauty is so impressive. Great mouthfeel and depth. Drink or hold."

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    Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, October 2015

    "This generous red delivers macerated cherry, toasted vanilla, spice, floral and dried herb flavors in a seamless, silky texture, supported by light, well-integrated tannins and enough acidity to stay fresh. Drink now through 2020. 5,850 cases made."

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    Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, April 2017

    "This red shows energy and harmony in a light, almost weightless, structure. Cherry, tobacco, cola and blood orange flavors are focused and clean. Graceful, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2022.—T.M."

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, December 2016

    "Beautiful, fresh nose of ripe strawberries, black cherries and plums with stony and herbal undertones. Medium to full body, concentrated soft and juicy tannins and a long, strawberry- and spice-like mocha finish. From 100% garnacha old vines. Better in 2018."

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, April 2015

    "The 2012 Rioja Tinto Propiedad is now pure Garnacha (it's a wine that has changed over time, and it's now sourced from five plots of old Garnacha vines at the top of their property). Despite being from a warm and dry harvest, it feels fresher than the 2011 I tasted last year. It matured in French oak barrels for 14 months. Bright ruby-colored, similar to the La Montesa, it is a little more backward and closed, more serious. It's pure fruit juice with the earthy, silky and harmonious notes of pure Garnacha that is full of cherries, strawberries and red currants. The palate is refined, elegant and sinewy, silky, transparent and focused. It is a delicious, explosion of pure red berries. There is an extra degree of elegance and finesse when tasted next to the 2012 La Montesa. I think this wine is finally coming into its own. 21,500 bottles produced."

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    Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

    "Closed and in need of air at first, this takes on a ripe, medicinal, almost candied red-fruit nose. Next up in a full, wide-bodied palate with chunky plum and rasberry flavors. This old-vines Garnacha is ripe, tasty and all about the fruit. Drink through 2020."

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    Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016

    "Closed and in need of air at first, this takes on a ripe, medicinal, almost candied red-fruit nose. Next up in a full, wide-bodied palate with chunky plum and rasberry flavors. This old-vines Garnacha is ripe, tasty and all about the fruit. Drink through 2020."

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    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2015

    "Deep, bright red. Ripe red berries, sassafras and candied flowers on the pungent nose, with mineral and spice notes adding lift. Spicy and supple on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry liqueur flavors and a touch of rhubarb. Becomes fleshier with air and finishes with strong thrust, fine-grained tannins and lingering notes of lavender pastille and spices."

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2013

    "The 2011 Propiedad, from the third consecutive dry vintage, is now pure destemmed Garnacha fermented in oak vats and aged in oak barrels for 14 months. It is surprisingly darker than its siblings, with ripe aromas of red and black fruits, fine-grained tannins and good acidity that would require a little bit of time in bottle to get better integrated. 40,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2015-2019."

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    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2015

    "Deep, bright red. Ripe red berries, sassafras and candied flowers on the pungent nose, with mineral and spice notes adding lift. Spicy and supple on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry liqueur flavors and a touch of rhubarb. Becomes fleshier with air and finishes with strong thrust, fine-grained tannins and lingering notes of lavender pastille and spices."

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    2010 Palacios Remondo Propiedad
    Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, September 2014

    "Earthy, dried-fruit aromas are dessicated, while oaky scents of vanilla and licorice offer complexity. This Garnacha-led blend feels jammy in structure; flavors of plum and raspberry come with herbal notes, while the finish is tangy due to pointed acidity, with strawberry flavors in support."

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    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, August 2012

    "The 2010 Propiedad is a pure Garnacha from 40- to 90-year-old vines from their own vineyards of Valviejo, Valmira and Las Mulgas and it is aged for 14 months in French oak. It has a well-defined bouquet with dark red cherries, strawberry, rosemary and pot pourri that is very expressive and inviting. The palate is medium-bodied with satin-textured tannins, good acidity and a sensual finish of wild strawberry, cassis and vanilla that is very seductive. Drink now-2018."

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    Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, July 2014

    "Bright and juicy with blackberry and plum fruit and a core of racy acidity; clean and fresh with spice and style; smooth and balanced, long and vibrant; 100% Grenache."

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    Mike Potashnik, International Wine Review, July 2014

    "A 100% Garnacha from estate vineyards, the 2010 Propiedad is elegant yet lush and flavorful. Spicy dark red fruit and smoky mesquite aromas give way to a silky smooth attack, assertive flavors of dark red plum, cherry and spice box, refined tannins, and a very long, pure finish."

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    Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September 2013

    "Sexy, highly perfumed red fruit preserve and floral scents are complicated by dark chocolate and licorice.  Sappy, penetrating raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and energy, picking up rose pastille and spicecake nuances with air.  Finishes tangy and long, with persistent red fruit character and smooth, harmonious tannins.  This suave wine is delicious right now."

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