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Wine of the week: 2011 Palacios Remondo La Montesa 

Retail $20-$22

Northern Spain's Rioja region is the nation's answer to France's Bordeaux. The first legal recognition of Rioja wines came from the King of Navarre in 1102. Palacios Remondo, the winemaking entity, owns huge land holdings in eastern Rioja. Its vineyards are located at high altitudes, resulting in breezy freshness not generally associated with Rioja wines. Grapes for this bottling come from the family vineyard La Montesa del Monte Yerga in Alfaro. The wine features a blend of 70 percent garnacha, 25 percent tempranillo and 5 percent mazuelo aged more than a year in French oak. It offers full bouquets of blackberry and vanilla. On the palate, taste ripe red berries, herbal notes and Rioja's trademark spice. Decant 20 minutes before serving. Drink it with charcuterie, tapas, roasted almonds, grilled chicken salad, lamb ragout, pulled pork and chevre. Buy it at: Grand Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits and Philippe's Wine Cellar. Drink it at: Bayona.

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