La Montesa Rioja Palacios Remondo Alfaro 2011

$12.99
Rioja, Spain
Chairman’s Selection
PLCB Code# 33976

 
It’s interesting to compare the 2010 with the 2011 Finca La Montesa, which has a slightly different blend – 70% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo – also sourced from the family vineyard La Montesa del Monte Yerga in Alfaro. It displays notes of ripe red fruit and spices in an elegant but in a slightly rustic way. The palate is round, with some tannins and ripe flavors. This is very good value. Drink 2014-2017.
91 Points Wine Advocate, 12/2013
 
This supple red offers cherry, mandarin orange, vanilla and spice flavors on a round, soft frame. Features light tannins and citrusy acidity. Gentle but lively. Drink now.
85 Points Wine Spectator Web Only 2014
 
There are aromas of red fruit, wood, and leather.  The fruit is ripe black cherry and plum with pepper.  The tannins are soft and there is medium acidity.  I agree that it is a little rustic.  It is unusual for a Rioja that the majority of the grapes are Grenache.  It is a good value.
90 Points Bob’s Bulletin

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