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La Montesa 2020

La Montesa

2020
The reference Grenache wine from Rioja Oriental
ORGANIC
93
PARKER
94
SUCKLING

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£20.35

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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
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Rice
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Poultry and white meats

Roasted poultry / Roast suckling pig / Rabbit with mushrooms

Ratings and awards

202293-94 PK
202194 PK
202093 PK94 SK
201993 PK93 PN94 SK
201893+ PK93 PN
201792 PK16.5 JR93 PN92 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

They are going for lower yields and less bottles of the 2020 La Montesa and slowly putting prices up, as they feel the wine is more serious than what the perception of the affordable price makes it. 2020 is a powerful vintage; it's structured and textured, the oak is very nicely integrated (12 months in barrel, but the powerful wine absorbed it completely), and it's powerful with 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.55, a little darker than in previous years. The tannins are very fine with a subtle chalky texture. There were 2,319 barrels that resulted in 672,000 bottles, 10,000 magnums and some larger and smaller formats. It was bottled from April 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

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309 reviews
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Winemaking

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 / Wood
Ageing period12 months
Type of woodFrench and American oak
Clarification and filtrationUnfiltered

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.

Vine age35 years
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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