- Smelling for all the world like an apple orchard in blossom (flowers, leaves and tree boughs), the Garnacha in this is really pretty, and marries beautifully to the grey-clay smell of the damp soils up under Mount Yerga out back of Alfaro. Crisper in tannin-line than unwooded Tempranillos such as LZ, and with a more pronounced, broader natural acidity, it’s a very lively and linear Garnacha-based blend. Kee-runch! Both bright and earthily-fruited, this juicy little wine balances neat, modest tannins and soft red dirt acidity. Mid-weight at most, round and complete, gently spiced and perfumed, it’s classy and delicious.
The Palacios family, nowadays headed by Alvaro’s sister, Conseulo, runs the Hotel Palacios in downtown Alfaro, adjacent to which is the family bodega – the winery responsible for the Palacios Remondo wines. Both Alvaro and his nephew, Ricardo (Consuelo’s son) were born and educated in Alfaro before they commenced their broad agricultural wanderings. Having formally departed Alfaro in 1989 in order to set up shop in Priorat, Alvaro ‘returned’ in 2000 following the death of his father, Jose, who set up the family business in 1945 and ran it from then on. On behalf of his eight siblings, Alvaro now runs all aspects of the family’s bodega, which has been much transformed in the intervening years under Alvaro’s care.
Varietal: Garnacha & Tempranillo
Region: Rioja, Spain
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