Day: November 15, 2016

OT: La Montesa Crianza 2013

la-montesa-1030441Still one of my favourite Riojas. See my previous post here and here, regarding the two previous vintages.

La Montesa of the 2013 vintage, has changed its appearance and is now available in a Bordeaux type bottle instead of the more traditional burgundy bottle, to which we had become accustomed. But it might be worth highlighting that its main change can be found in a different blend of grape varieties, if my information is correct.   

  • Winery: Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Avda. Zaragoza 8, 26540 Alfaro, La Rioja (España)
  • Phone: +34 941 18 02 07
  • Winemaker: Álvaro Palacios / Javier Gil
  • Website: n/a
  • Brand: La Montesa, named after the vineyard located on the north-eastern slope of Monte Yerga in eastern Rioja at an altitude of 550 metres. The climate is Mediterranean with Atlantic influences, with a large temperature difference between winter and summer, allowing an excellent ripening of the grapes.
  • DOCa: Rioja
  • Type: Tinto Crianza aged 12 months in French oak barrels (90%) and American oak barrels, (10%). 20% are new barrels, 30% barrels have contained one wine previously, 25% have contained 2 wines and 25% have contained 3 wines.
  • Vintage: 2013 
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Grape Variety: 45% Garnacha, 45% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo. All the grape varieties are grown at their own vineyards.
  • Vineyards: La Montesa, property of Bodegas Palacios Remondo, at the foot of Mount Yerga, in the municipality of Alfaro, in lower Rioja.
  • Soil Type: Mainly limestone and clay with many stones.
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: I bought it at € 9.69 at my local grocery store. 
  • My wine rating: 95/100 (A wine of distinction) NEW!

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