OT: La Montesa Crianza 2011

One of my favourite Riojas is La Montesa Crianza. This time I tested the 2011. It’s interesting to note the slightly different blend of this year in comparison with the 2010 (75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo). A wine by Alvaro Palacios.  Read more about Alvaro Palacios here.

Three curiosities about this wine, besides being produced by Alvaro Palacios, are: its Grenache content; its subzone (Rioja Baja) and from grapes grown in their own estate.



  • Winery: Bodegas Palacios Remondo founded by José Palacios Remondo in 1945 and located in Alfaro, La Rioja (Spain) 
  • Winemaker: Alvaro Palacios 
  • Phone: +34 941 18 02 07
  • Website: N/A.
  • Brand: La Montesa, named after the vineyard located on the northeastern slope of Monte Yerga in eastern Rioja. 
  • Type: Red Crianza
  • DO: Denominacion de Origen Cualificada Rioja Subzone: Rioja Baja.
  • Type: Tinto crianza, 14%.
  • Grape Variety: 70% Garnacha (Grenache), 25% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo. All the grapes varieties are grown in their own vineyard. 12 Months in French and American oak barrels.  
  • Vineyard: La Montesa, property of Bodegas Palacios Remondo.
  • Price: It can be found in Madrid at around €12.50
  • My wine rating: 9.5/10

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