The vintage is good, the wine is good, and (have you looked recently?) the prices of good Rioja Reserva have gone up. ViĂ±a Palaciega (which means â€świne of the palaceâ€ť) constitutes a remarkable buy: smooth, balanced, and loaded with â€śrealâ€ť Rioja character. Itâ€™s 85% Tempranillo, softened with 15% Garnacha. The fruit comes from all 3 Rioja sub-regions; maybe thatâ€™s what gives the wine some of its complexity. The crushed grapes are cold-macerated for 15-20 days before fermentation to increase fruit extract and color. Rioja wines are natural pairing partners with lamb and other red meats as well as firm cheeses like Manchego, and this is no exception.