The quality/price champion 2018 La Montesa is now 100% Garnacha from organically farmed vineyards from the 100-hectare family property that gives the wine its name. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats and matured in barriques, 85% of them produced with French oak and the rest with American oak. It feels very young, and the oak is still present; and the American oak, which is spicy and smoky, with ashy incense and vanilla with some sweet undertones, gives it a character that brings back the character of the traditional wines from yesteryear in a very clean way. It has vibrant freshness and should develop nicely with a couple of years in bottle.
Score: 93+ points -- Wine Advocate
Bravo Álvaro Palacios and his team for producing 850,000 bottles of a wine of this quality from the Rioja Oriental. Combining Garnacha with 5% Viura, Tinto Velasco and Monastell, this is elegant, refined and floral, with 25% new French wood adding a sheen of aromatic spice and a finish that is bright and refreshing. 2021-28
Score: 93 points -- Tim Atkin