£14.54/ 0.75 L btl
Wine La Montesa 2018
La Montesa is a well-defined, refined wine, signed by the Palacios family, wine artisans wherever they make it, in the Priorat, Bierzo or La Rioja. With a little more Grenache added to each vintage, it is a flavoursome and refreshing wine, raised on the radiant slopes of Mount Yerga, in the highest part of the Alfaro municipality, in 'La Rioja Oriental'. In the words of Luis Gutiérrez, "The quality/price champion 2018".
La Montesa is produced from vineyards covering over 90 hectares of chalky-clay soils in Rioja Oriental (previously known as Rioja Baja) at a height of 550 metres above sea level. The pebble-covered soils are worked using organic agriculture methods and enjoy a clearly Mediterranean climate with Atlantic influences which emphasize day/night temperature differences. Yields are kept low to ensure the wine's quality. Grapes are harvested by hand early in the morning during most of the month of October, and the must ferments with wild yeast under the watchful eye of Álvaro Palacios. It is then macerated with skins for 35-40 days and aged in wood. Finally, the wine is bottled just as it comes, unfiltered, unclarified and unstabilized.
Ever since the 2017 vintage, La Montesa vines have held the official organic agriculture certificate. Hours of work and effort have gone into making it one of the organic wines with the largest production in the world.
It has a moderately dense claret colour and delights the nose with wild red fruits, flowers, and spicy hints from its time in wood. Elegantly tantalizing in the mouth, it is a fine, fresh, subtle and delicate wine offering polished tannins and intense and deep flavours – toasted notes also appear, alongside hints of undergrowth and fallen leaves. Despite its large-scale production (650,000 bottles a year), La Montesa is a guarantee of quality year after year, deservedly winning its place among the list of best-value-for-money wines. A wine worth so much more than its price.
Roast suckling pig / Rabbit with mushrooms / Roasted poultry
- Climate:Mediterranean with atlantic influence
- Vinification material:Wood
- Ageing period:12 months
- Type of wood:French and american oak
- Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC
I suspect this is fast becoming one of the jewels of the recently re-christened Rioja Orientale. Surprise, surprise, it is not a Temperanillo blend, but almost pure (95%) Garnacha grown higher up in the far east of La Rioja close to the border with Navarre. It has a beautiful deep ruby colour and is silky smooth on the palate. I managed to get a half case on offer for under €10.00 per bottle - which is extraordinary value for red wines under the care of the Palacios dynasty. Will be buying by the full case next time.by: Mike Dawson (06/12/2020) - Vintage 2017
Reviews rate this bottle highly and now I know why.
Reviews rate this bottle highly and now I know why. A lighter cherry colour on pouring. Clear around edges. Doesn't cling to the glass as much as I would expect for a 14%. Medium bodied with beautiful balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. Tastes of cherry and oak with a subtle vanilla aftertaste which lingers long on the tongue. This will appeal to serious and casual red wine drinkers alike. A bargain at the £12 I paid. I wouldn't pay the £17.50 avg vivino price tho. So smooth. So balanced. So drinkable.by: Tom C (24/11/2019) - Vintage 2016
Excellent - exceptional value
Deep cherry red with a very fruity nose - blackcurrants predominate but there is a little oak in the background. The first taste sensation is that the wine is very smooth and very fruity. Cherries and blackcurrants are especially strong. There is some sharpness in the background. The fruity flavours linger on the palate. Excellent with the lamb.by: Jim London (27/11/2020) - Vintage 2017
This is a lovely wine. Not super exciting or different but just a great Rioja for a good price. Always a go to wine for a mid-week evening drink after work. A little lighter than some of the other wines I buy from Spain but still with good weight. Moreish.by: Stephen N (30/08/2017) - Vintage 2014
Wonderfully smooth Rioja
Wonderfully rich and smooth wine. Vinissimus customer service is outstanding. I will definitely buy wine from them again. One bottle was missing from my shipment (it had been repackaged by the courier. Vinissimus sent me an immediate replacement.
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