Spain continues to grow in popularity as a source of wine because ¿it¿s more vibrant, happening and fascinating than it has ever been¿ (The New Spain). You see the evidence everywhere, not least in Rioja¿s impeccably smooth Palacio de Verano.
In 1987 a group of families, each with their own small plot of vines, decided to get together and produce wine from their own grapes, rather than selling them to a big cellar to disappear into an anonymous brand. Between them they grow Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Carignan and Viura, on vines ranging from 30 to 90 years old ' so their wines offer both intensity and complexity. Hand picking and rigorous selection ensure that only the best grapes make it into the wine, while a period in oak barrels lends toasty notes to the juicy fruit. Silky smooth with irresistible ripe red and black fruits, this wine is deliciously easy to drink on its own. and also goes well with a variety of tapas dishes, red meats, and hard cheeses like Manchego.