James Suckling 94
A pure garnacha that shows incredible depth and freshness with strawberry and berry character. Plush on the entrance, it turns precise and focused at the finish. Vivid and bright. Drink now.
by JS, James Suckling , 2018
Wine Spectator 93
This red is loaded with ripe, sweet fruit, backed by ample structure and showing depth to the licorice, black pepper and orange peel accents. Lively acidity leads to a floral finish.
by TM, Wine Spectator , 2019
Robert Parker 94+
No 2013 or 2014 was produced of the old-vine selection, so I tasted the 2015 Propiedad, a pure Garnacha since 2010. But, as it's selected from old vines in five plots in different "parajes"â€”Valtomelloso, Valviejo, Las Mulgas and Corral de Serranoâ€”it always has a small percentage of other traditional grape varieties. The vines range from 30 to 90 years old, and like the rest, they are organically farmed. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and pigÃ©age. It underwent malolactic in barrique and then matured in larger oak casks for 18 months. Again, there is a difference in precision, brightness and depth from la Montesa to this Propiedad. This is, in Palacios's mind, an old-vine cuvÃ©e from Alfaro. The palate combines juicy fruit with earthy tones, very fine tannins and balsamic, Mediterranean herbs and a tasty, almost salty finish. Transparent, subtle and delicious, with some hints of the wines from yesteryear. For Palacios, this should be the typical wine from Alfaroâ€”and a very good one at that! 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2017. There will be no Propiedad in 2016; it's only produced in some vintages.
by LG, Robert Parker , 2018
Located on the slope of the Yerga mountain, at an altitude of 2,100 feet, the Palacios Remondo
vineyards are grown at some of the highest points of Eastern Rioja. The old Garnacha vines that
are used for making this wine are 25-90-years-old and are located across five unique vineyards
that are represented by five gold stars on the wine's new label. The unique soil is comprised of
sediments that stem from the Quaternary Era, consisting of volcanic ophite and sandstone pebbles,
quartz and white carbonates. Very low in organic material, with excellent drainage and a moderated
basic pH, the soil type has been known for producing high quality wines for hundreds of years.
The vines are narrowly spaced, head pruned, never irrigated and only produce around 1 Kg of
fruit per vine each year. Alvaro Palacios ensured that only the highest quality fruit was picked
during harvest, whichtook place between September 20th and October 20th.
The Palacios Remondo winery history stretches back five generations when the D.O.C. Rioja was
first gaining notoriety as one of the premier winemaking regions of the world.
Jose Palacios Remondo, father of renowned winemaker Alvaro Palacios, reestablished the estate in 1945.
Alvaro Palacios, born at his family's winery in Alfaro, became one of Spain's winemaking pioneers for his
successes in Priorat and Bierzo. In 2000, upon his father's death, Alvaro assumed responsibility for Palacios Remondo,
and committed to taking the estate's qualiry to new heights.
Under his inspired leadership, Palacios Remondo is now a rising star of Rioja.
Hand-picked, old-vine Garnacha clusters were selected, first in the field and again on a sorting
table at the winery, before being de stemmed and put separately into 5,000 liter oak tanks for
an alcoholic and malolactic fermentation using native yeasts. After a long maceration of 28
days, an initial blend was made and the wine was aged for 14 months in 50% new and 50% one year-old
French oak barrels. The wine was then left unclarified and unfiltered before bottling.
2015 has been characterized by winemaker Alvaro Palacios as being a year of incredible grace and
charm. Overall an extremely dry vintage, only 216 liters of rain fell during the entire year.
While the vintage was full of natural sunlight, temperatures were actually cooler than in
previous years and the majority of the clusters only began to ripen when a few hot days broke
out among the greater number of mild days and cool nights. Alvaro says that this extended
maturation led to wines that have "great structural support, are fresh and aromatic, with lively
acid and a long finish." Vibrant and versatile are words that he uses to describe the 2015 Propiedad.
The Palacios Remondo winery is located in the eastern portion of Spain's oldest and best known
winemaking region, the D.O.C. Rioja. The estate's flagship wine, Propiedad, is made from
old-vine Garnacha that grows in five unique high-elevation vineyards located on the rocky
hillsides of Rioja Oriental. With notes of orange peel, red currants, nectarines and
black cherries on the nose and palate, winemaker Alvaro Palacios describes this wine as being
fleshy and fluid with a soft aftertaste that invokes a hill covered with chamomile and rosemary
flowers as its origin. Containing well-integrated tannins and a long finish, this wine is meant to
drink now or age up to ten years. Only 5,850 9-liter cases of this wine were produced.100% Garnacha