2015 Palacios Remondo Yerga La Montesa Crianza - Rioja, Spain
Alvaro Palacios, a leading winemaker in Priorat, brought rigorous winemaking practices and modern techniques to this tradiitonal Rioja Estate. He drastically reduced the yields, brought in new equipment and crafted a ripe, luscious wine that straddles old and new world styles. Their Crianza, made predominantly from Garnacha (88%) with only 12% Tempranillo, is medium to full-bodied with plush tannins. Ripe red and black berry flavors are followed by sweet baking spice and vanilla notes. It’s fermented in large tanks then aged for 10 months in oak barriques, 50% of which are new. Pairs wonderfully with brisket, burgers or acorn-fed Jamon Iberico!