Palacios Remondo

Rioja (Alfaro)

'Quiñón de Valmira' Single Vineyard Garnacha 2016


Having ended the cycle of recuperating Palacios Remondo's viticultural heritage, the next step for ́lvaro is vineyard-specific releases. Valmira is the first such, and a small selection is bottled as a Cru wine, while the rest still goes into Propiedad. Valmira is a cold, high altitude 3 hectare of south-east facing Garnacha with 5% Tinta Velasco (Bobal). The quarternary soils are very shallow (20cm), calcareous and ferrous clay over a deep and nutrient poor palce clay petrocalcic base. Valmira is fermented in foudre, and aged 15 months in Demi-muit, with very low sulphur.

Harvested September 28, after a very warm summer and dry lead-in to harvest. The heritage vineyard Valmiras produces wild wines that show their mountain origin with cold-tinged vigour: citrus-edged red fruit in a wide, open, savoury register. Poached quince clear and bright to swirl. Despite its discrete colour, the peach, quince, orange, cherry fruit quietly gathers richness. Smells of sweet-herb-spice, and feels vegetal-fleshy. Very much of the countryside, the mouth is perfumed with musk, earthen spice, and soft beautiful faded rose petal. Excellent mature skins and seeds mark all. Open and gentle with a touch of grip gathering to woody-tannin-spice at end.