Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2016 Bierzo, Moncerbal, DO (Wooden Box)

Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2016 Bierzo, Moncerbal, DO (Wooden Box)

Item Number: 12159

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Bierzo
Appellation/AVA: Bierzo DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Moncerbal Vineyard
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): Mencia
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Schist
Elevation: 610-750 meters

Álvaro’s and Ricardo produce extraordinary single vineyard wines that show a distinct and compelling expression of terroir. Moncerbal 2016 is the only one available in Illinois. Moncerbal is an extremely steep, southwest-facing vineyard at 610-750 meters in elevation. The vineyard is worked by hand and mule. Harvest is manual. The wine is primarily Mencia with a small percentage of white grapes. It is not fined or filtered.

Vintage Notes by Wine Advocate 2/2019: "According to Ricardo Pérez Palacios, 2016 was a classical vintage in Bierzo, a little in the style of 2007—warm winter, mild spring and warm and dry summer. I saw 2016 as a very elegant year, with transparent wines, more ethereal than earthy, with beautiful perfume and elegantly textured." Hail destroyed the entire 2017 vintage. 2018 will be released sometime in late 2020.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (2/28/2019)

    The 2016 Moncerbal is a tad riper than Las Lamas from that same vintage. The fruit was darker and there was a touch of earth in the palate that lent it a subtle rusticity, as it doesn't have the clarity and precision. The palate revealed some dusty tannins and a dry finish. There will be no 2017 of Moncerbal, as hail destroyed the crop, and we'll have to wait until the 2018 is released sometime in late 2020. The 2018 Moncerbal has the potential to be the finest Moncerbal ever.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (3/28/2019)

    Deeply pitched cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of exotic spices, smoky minerals and lavender, along with a candied licorice note that emerges with air. Silky and alluringly sweet, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by a strong jolt of juicy acidity. Finishes sweet, mineral and extremely long, showing superb delineation and smooth, even tannins that add framework to the wine's intense dark fruit.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 97 (3/20/2020)

    One of Spain's greatest wines, with a nose reminiscent of tar and roses, comparable to the best Barolo, a finely grained texture, and a mineral tension difficult to describe. A benchmark for the Mencia grape, which gives distinctive quality only in the best places in Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra.