About This Wine
Full of Mediterranean orchard fruit aromas including nectarines, pomegranates, and oranges, the palate contains vibrant and rich flavors of ripe red fruit, discrete spice, citrus peel and exotic wood. Meant to enjoy now or age up to 10 years, this consumer-friendly wine is Alvaro's tribute to Garnacha's return to its historic homeland. Perfect when enjoyed by the glass on its own, La Montesa's multi-faceted flavor profile will also pair well with any kind of cuisine.
Named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains in eastern Rioja, La Montesa is a blend of the red grape varieties that grow organically on the Palacios Remondo estate. The wine is crimson in color with complementary aromas of ripe strawberries, fresh plums, toasted notes, and a hint of blood orange. On the palate, it is velvety and vibrant, with succulent flavors of soft minerals, chocolate-covered cherries, toffee, and white pepper.
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.
James Suckling – A very cool wine. Made from almost all garnacha, it has a depth and intensity with a minerality and saltiness. Plenty of strawberries and flowers. Medium body. Vivid and focused. Lovely finish already. Made from organic grapes.
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