On the palate, winemaker Alvaro Palacios describes La Montesa as “a wine that flows velvety smooth” with harmonious notes of orange rind, fresh cherries and rosemary petals that culminate in a long and evocative finish. Alvaro likes to say this is “a wine that invites you to enjoy life!” Perfect by-the-glass on its own or when paired with flavorful cuisine, La Montesa is a welcoming Rioja wine that’s sure to please.
La Montesa is named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains in eastern Rioja. This particular bottle is a blend of 75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo.
Palacios Remondo is the original winery in Rioja created by Don Jose Palacios Remondo in Alfaro in 1945. Owned by the Palacios family, it remains one of the most important on the Spanish wine scene.
93 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2010 Finca La Montesa, a blend of 75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo sourced from the family vineyard La Montesa del Monte Yerga in Alfaro, displays an attractive bright red ruby color, subtle notes of perfectly ripe red cherries, flowers, spices, flowers, wild herbs and some chalk sensations. It is extremely elegant. The palate is supple, sapid (umami?), vibrant, pure, balanced and long. Simply delicious and a great value. Drink 2014-2018.
90 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Deep ruby. Expressive red fruit and floral scents are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of licorice and dark chocolate. Lively, open-knit cherry and black raspberry flavors show good energy and gain a smoky nuance with air. Finishes sweet and long, with supple tannins and a hint of bitter chocolate.