Producer: Palacios Remondo
Region: Rioja Oriental, Rioja, Spain
Vineyards: La Montesa, Parajes de Valtomelloso, Valfrio and Valviejo and Monte Yerga
Grape: 95% Garnacha, 5% other “traditional varietals”
Marques de Riscal’s Arienzo was the bottle that made me fall in love with Spanish wine and showed me what tempranillo’s could do. With tempranillo being Spain’s most widely produced and most popular grape, you can typically expect great things from Spanish tempranillo. This great quality usually comes at a great, affordable price as well, due to Spanish wine historically being overlooked for its more prestigious neighbors, France and Italy. Arienzo serves as a great introduction to Spanish wine as well as an adventurous, complex bottle for those already familiar with the country’s wine.