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2015
Cosme Palacio Vinedos Viejos

Founded in 1894, Bodegas Palacio has more than 100 years of history as a leading winemaker of Rioja Spain. Right in the middle of the Rioja Alavesa, close to Laguardia, is a medieval walled village where Bodegas Palacio is located. What sets Bodegas Palacio apart, in addition to the 170 hectares of vineyard under cultivation, is the long-standing relationship formed with other growers in their region. This gives the winemakers great control of the processes and grape selection, guaranteeing the same high-quality year after year.

The Cosme Palacio Vinedos Viejo is made from 100% Tempranillo and from 70-year-old vines grown at high altitude sites. It has a vibrant cherry color. Out of the glass it reveals aromas of blackberry, mocha, cola, pipe tobacco and a smidgen of vanilla bean. The palate is medium bodied, the flavor profile is dominated by black fruit, cedar and earth that adds to the complexity but maintains a juicy mouthfeel. The tannins are finely grained and finishes with a long, pleasant aftertaste. The Cosme Palacio Vine Viejos is made in a more modern style from a producer with a long pedigree. It is another fine example of the amazing values coming out of Rioja. By Perry Miroballi