From the Cellar12 May 2020
- Category: Uncorked Tonight
(March 12, 2020) ... I will be honest, Rioja is one of those regions that I have never really been a fan of ... I love Spanish wine and think they offer some of the best values on the market, but Rioja has just never been what I am looking for ("not my bag" as the kids used to say) - I have Rioja in my cellar, so I am not totally against it, but those old styles leave me cold. The good news is there's a new school or winemaker that seems to be coming along and creating buzz not only throughout Spain, but within the Rioja hierarchy as well.
Exhibit A: this Palacios Remondo 2015 La Montesa, sure it carries with it some of the baggage of Rioja's olden days (ie: herbal and dried fruit notes) but it does not define this wine, in fact there is more to enjoy fresh fruit-wise, like cherry, blackberry, black raspberry plus white pepper and cinnamon; along with great acidity - making it a perfect food wine, but also an easy sipper of sorts. I found this wine developed slowly in the glass, but also very well, as more spice seem to works its way in and onto the finish , which seemed to go from medium to long as it opened. This is a perfect example of what I was talking about, a cross between modern and old-style Rioja ... now this style Rioja I can totally get behind.