Saturday, 27 August 2011

Palacios Propiedad DOC Rioja 2005 (Alvaro Palacios / Remondo)

Tasted 25/08/11 with the WHICH group at Vivat Bacchus, EC4. 14%, about £35 UK retail. I have had this wine in stock for about 18 months and it benefited from keeping. I still needs longer but is drinking well now. This is a 60% Garnacha and 40% Tempranillo blend from high altitude vineyards in the east of Rioja. The colour is ruby with a hint of brown tinge. The aromas are ones of fresh strawberries and some wild herbs. The palate his silky tannins and long finish, with berry fruits. It's a new style Rioja for sure with but that one that pays homage to the region's traditions. I love this wine but opinion was divided. It needs longer but is enjoyable now. If I have a criticism, it's overpriced, probably due to the reputation of the winemaker. From 2012, 17/20.

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