Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2017 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO

Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2017 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO

Item Number: 12751

UPC: 8-436559740173

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Bierzo
Appellation/AVA: Bierzo DO
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): Mencia
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Schist and clay

Vintage Notes: 2017 was a year of extremes in Bierzo. A warm Spring pushed budding forward by 2 weeks. This set up the appellation to be devastated by frost on April 27 and then hail on May 9. Ricardo was unable to harvest Moncerbal at all, and Las Lamas quantities are also down dramatically. Summer drought was an issue here too but – just as in Priorat – the old vineyards weathered the conditions well. This is the first vintage vinified in the new winery, and you will immediately notice the enhanced elegance and freshness afforded by the new cooler, damper underground cellars.

Vineyard Notes: Pétalos Mencia is sourced from estate vineyards and rented vineyards in and around the village of Corullón. The vines range in age from 40 to 90 years old and are planted at varying elevation and varying slope.

Winemaking Notes: The wine is vinified for immediate appeal, but it retains the estate's signature finesse and restraint. The vineyards are worked by hand and harvested by hand. The wine ferments in large oak fermentors with punch downs. Maceration lasts for about 25 days. Petalos ages for a few weeks in new French oak barriques followed by 6-10 months in 2nd and 3rd passage barrels. It is bottled without filtration or fining.

Voted #35 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wine of 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"This savory red offers notes of espresso, black olive and graphite framing a core of black cherry and licorice. Fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity keep this balanced. Harmonious and graceful. Drink now through 2024."


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (2/28/2019)

    2017 was a very unusual year in Bierzo, and here they started harvesting the 21st of August, when they had never started harvesting in August. There are more white grapes in the 2017 Pétalos del Bierzo, almost 10%, not because they wanted to lower the alcohol, because the alcohol was similar to 2016, but because the white grapes achieved perfect ripeness (Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me he's never seen such beautiful white grapes). The wine had been bottled the day before I tasted it, so they also showed me a tank and a barrel sample they had saved for the purpose of comparison. However, the bottled wine, the first produced at their new facilities, was really singing and didn't show any fatigue. The palate was vibrant, with acid strawberry flavors. It is very immediate, approachable, round and juicy, perhaps not with the depth and longevity of the 2014 but really pleasant and drinkable.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2019)

    Black cherry and red plum fruit flavors are ripe and fresh in this graceful, polished red, with good density and balanced structure. Leafy and cocoa notes add interest. A modern style. Drink now through 2023. 300 cases imported.