Spanish wines have always been at the top of my list, so I was very pleased when the wine of the week for my class was a Rioja Crianza. I chose the Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2013. This wine was rated number 52 on the Wine Spectator top 100 list. It had beautiful aromas of cherry, blackberry dried fruit and oak and the palate also had some plum and black pepper. The wine was off dry with medium acidity and a medium body and had 14.5% alcohol. I was surprised by the exceptionally long finish of over 50 seconds. You can find this wine at under $15 at Costco and it’s one I’m going to stock up on!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.