La Montesa 2020
£18.30 (Inc. VAT & Duties bot. 75 cl.) / United Kingdom
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
La Montesa is a red wine, iconic, unique, original and representative of the Palacios Remondo winery made in La Rioja.
The vineyard where the grapes come from has been in operation for an average of 30 years and is located in clayey, calcareous and sandy soils.
Due to its freshness and spicy character, it is the perfect accompaniment to fatty cuts of pork such as secreto or lagarto, especially if they are cooked on the grill.
La Montesa is a wine made from a blend of red grapes, with a greater presence of Garnacha (95%) and some Mazuelo and Tempranillo.
The quality of the grapes is incomparable, as they come from vineyards cultivated under the principles of organic viticulture, from the Valtomelloso, Valfrío and Valviejo areas of the La Montesa Estate, located in Alfaro.
These soils are located on gently sloping hillsides, on the slopes of Monte Yerga, at an altitude of 550 metres above sea level.
Thegrapes are harvested by hand and the vinification process involves destemming and crushing. Fermentation is spontaneous in stainless steel vats with pumping over and using indigenous yeasts. Maceration lasts about 35 days and malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats.
The wine is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. The wine is bottled after clarification and without being stabilised or filtered.
It is a wine that is tremendously spongy and fluid, with a remarkable purity and velvety feel, as well as a marked personality. Its tannins are round, very polished and it acquires a structure impregnated with a fruity aroma that adheres well.
An elegant and balanced wine
The composition of the soils, with their surprising calcareous minerality, and the tradition of cultivation and winemaking, make La Montesa a distinguished, fresh and subtle red wine, a worthy representative of La Rioja. In addition, La Montesa stands out for its excellent ageing potential of more than 20 years.
And you, have you tried it yet? You're already late!
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