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La Montesa 2018

La Montesa

2018
Southern elegance. The reference Grenache wine from Rioja Oriental.
ORGANIC
93+
PARKER
93
PEÑÍN

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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production650,000 - 700,000 bottles

The wine

With each sip Finca La Montesa shows that it is possible to make extremely elegant and balanced wines in the generous Rioja Oriental region.

What does this wine taste like?

Its particularly transparent ruby red colour introduces us to a delicate interpretation of the Grenache variety. Aromas of strawberries, peppers, scrub and redcurrants abound. It displays a surprising freshness and intense chalky minerality. Spongy and fluid but with a strong personality. Rounded and well-polished tannins provide a structure perfect for its intense notes of red fruits to be appreciated better. Wood is felt through its rough mouthfeel but remains in the background supporting the main star, the fruit. An almost French-like style with a noticeable purity and velvety feel, Finca La Montesa has developed into a delicate wine leaving aside its juicy and exuberant character.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

We recommend serving the wine between 14 and 16ºC in a Tempranillo wine glass or similar style.  

With good temperature and humidity conditions it will continue to evolve favourably for 5 or 6 years.

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

A fresh and spicy character makes it the perfect partner for fatty pork dishes, especially grilled ones.

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Sausages and ham
arroces
Rice
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Poultry and white meats

Roasted poultry, Roast suckling pig, Rabbit with mushrooms

Ratings and awards

201993 PK93 PN94 SK
201893+ PK93 PN
201792 PK16.5 JR93 PN92 SK
201693 PK92 PN94 SK
201592+ PK92 PN93 SK
201492 PK91 PN91 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker

Transparent crimson. Sweet vanilla oak on the nose that's by no means unpleasant! Rich, sweet, with sufficient freshness and this could only be rioja. Really lively, vibrant wine that expresses where it comes from. Long. QGV - Quite good value.

— Jancis Robinson (10/03/2021)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2017 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

The quality/price champion 2018 La Montesa is now 100% Garnacha from organically farmed vineyards from the 100-hectare family property that gives the wine its name. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats and matured in barriques, 85% of them produced with French oak and the rest with American oak. It feels very young, and the oak is still present; and the American oak, which is spicy and smoky, with ashy incense and vanilla with some sweet undertones, gives it a character that brings back the character of the traditional wines from yesteryear in a very clean way. It has vibrant freshness and should develop nicely with a couple of years in bottle. It has great purity and typicity, less Mediterranean than the 2017, nicely textured, velvety. I think the breakthrough vintage for this wine was 2015. This has all the grapes that would have been used for the Propiedad label, which was not bottled separately in 2018. It carries the EU organic-farming label. It's quite impressive for the quantity they produce—700,000 bottles. They started bottling in April 2020 from a single master blend. I tasted one of the first bottles.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 93+ PARKER

Customer reviews

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Wine making

Grapes are harvested by hand, discarding excessively ripe fruit which would make the wine too strong. The grape must ferments with local yeast in stainless steel tanks before the resulting wine is left to age in, mainly French, oak barrels for 12 months.

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period12 months
Type of woodFrench and american oak
Clarification and filtrationBottled unfined and unfiltered

Vineyards

La Montesa

The Grenache grapes used to produce La Montesa are cultivated using organic agriculture methods in the family vineyard which lends its name to the wine, located in the rough surroundings of the foothills of Mount Yerga. Vines grow in chalky and iron-clay conglomerate soils in dry and windy conditions, with the benefits of cooler air thanks to the altitude of the vineyards. All in all, perfect conditions to extract the smooth and dynamic profile of Grenache and remind us of past times.

SoilCalcareous-clay / Pebbles
ClimateMediterranean with atlantic influence
YieldsLow yields
Surface area100.00 hectares
Altitude550.00 meters

The winery

Bodegas Palacios Remondo

Bodegas Palacios Remondo

The Palacios family boasts an impressive vinicultural tradition that goes back over the last four generations. However, it was José Palacios Remondo who was really responsible for making the winery what it is today, by planting the best possible selection of La Rioja’s traditional grape varieties, and treating viticulture as his true vocation. Showing great vision for the future, he sent his children (now in charge of the company) to be trained at the best French...

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