Wine Advocate 88 points - If the previous four vintages had been warm and dry, 2013 was completely the opposite. It was rainy, cold and late (it rained up to FIVE TIMES the average of the last decade!); the latest harvest in the modern times at Palacios Remondo as they didn’t start until October 10. This 2013 Rioja Tinto Vendimia is a 50/50 blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo fermented in stainless steel with natural yeasts and matured in a combination of oak barrels and vats for some four months. This is the only wine that does not have the Alfaro name on the label, since it’s a blend. Plus most of the Tempranillo here comes from Rioja Alta, as Álvaro likes the Tempranillo from Rioja Alta much more than the one from Alfaro. It’s a fruit-driven, gentle young red with licorice aromas and a soft palate that is light to medium-bodied and has unnoticeable tannins. 400,000 bottles were produced. (Apr 2015)
Exotic, reflective strawberry and tea notes....Next in line is a mouthfiling blend of blackberry and cassis, but with ample acidity so that it avoids any weighty pitfalls. Finishes soft, with a swath of oaky vanilla flavor.
|Wine maker notes
|La Vendimia, meaning “the harvest,” represents the quality potential of Spanish jovens - wines that have been aged for less than six months in oak barrels. Made by famed Spanish winemaker, Alvaro Palacios, La Vendimia is a blend of Spain’s two original star varieties: Tempranillo and Garnacha. Lively and pleasing on the palate, it has delicious aromas of fresh berries, red flowers and ripe orchard fruit with hints of sweet spice. Meant to drink now through the next four years, this enjoyable wine can be served slightly chilled and is the perfect accompaniment to any dish.