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Saturday, September 13, 2008

2006 La Vendimia Rioja - Palacios/Remondo

La Vendimia is a very affordable Rioja made by a great winemaker Alvaro Palacios. Palacios is considered one of the great talents along with Peter Sisseck of Pingus that have defined a generation of cutting edge Spanish winemakers. Alvaro studied enology in Bordeaux, while working under Jean-Pierre Moueix at Ch. P├ętrus. This along with the amazing quality of most all his wines, are reasons alone to seek out this wine and try it for yourself.

The wine is composed of %50 Garnacha and 50% Tempranillo and has a deep red color and a bouquet that shows layers of strawberry candy and hints of vanilla. Very "new world" in it's approach, this wine offers a flavor profile chalk full of strawberry and blackberry fruits. There is also a noted presence of oak and a rustic layer as well that help the wine to establish further complexity. The alcohol seems to protrude a bit on the finish but this seems to be the only major flaw. A very nice and inexpenssive wine that met my expectations. 87-88 points

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