|Production||650,000 - 700,000 bottles|
Other bottle sizes and vintages
£16.45/ 0.75 L btl
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.
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.
A fresh and spicy character makes it the perfect partner for fatty pork dishes, especially grilled ones.
Roasted poultry / Roast suckling pig / Rabbit with mushrooms
Ratings and awards
|2020||93 PK||94 SK|
|2019||93 PK||93 PN||94 SK|
|2018||93+ PK||93 PN|
|2017||92 PK||16.5 JR||93 PN||92 SK|
|2016||93 PK||92 PN||94 SK|
|2015||92+ PK||92 PN||93 SK|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Jancis Robinson and Parker
Definitely good value
Not sure if Mr Suckling is right in suggesting it's more like a 50€ wine, but it's definitely a good one!
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.
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.
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.
A wonderful wine for every day
I asked a knowledgeable friend to recommend a not expensive Red. He knew that I was keen on Rioja and produced a bottle of La Montesa. I was hooked and ordered 8 bottles from Vinissimus as I had various old friends to entertain. Everyone enjoyed the wine, finding it full and a true Rioja. I will be ordering more.
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 material||Stainless steel|
|Ageing period||12 months|
|Type of wood||French and American oak|
|Clarification and filtration||Bottled unfined and unfiltered|
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.
|Soil||Calcareous-clay / Pebbles|
|Climate||Mediterranean with Atlantic influence|
|Surface area||100.00 hectares|
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...