Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2018 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO

Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2018 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO

Item Number: 14127

UPC: 8-436559740173

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Bierzo
Appellation/AVA: Bierzo DO
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Mencia
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Schist and clay

Vineyard Notes: Pétalos Mencía is sourced from over 90 hectares of vineyards in Bierzo. 20% comes from estate fruit in and around the village of Corullón. The rest is purchased from 180+ families with whom they have a long-term relationship. The vines range in age from 40 to 90 years old and are planted at varying elevation and varying slope. There are 4% of white grapes in the blend and 3% of red grapes other than Mencía.

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 grapes were partly destemmed and fermented in open-top stainless steel and oak vats with 25 days of maceration where the wine underwent a slow three-month malolactic. It matured in barrel for 12 months. It is bottled without filtration or fining.

Vintage Notes by Wine Advocate 6/2020: "The Descendientes de J. Palacios wines from 2018 are the best collection they have produced since they set foot in Bierzo in 1999. And to understand my excitement, let me just summarize it as the best vintage ever of the most coherent, reliable and serious wine project in Spain. Simply breathtaking. Bravo!!"

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."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (6/17/2020)

    Their regional wine achieves unheard of levels of complexity and nuance with the 2018 Pétalos del Bierzo. This is the wine that showcases the house style and the character of the vintage, which, in this case, is delicate and very much from the zone. There is an aromatic purity and elegance that is very captivating with a faint flinty background, the cherry essence (Mediterranean) and a touch of fern (Atlantic) plus a honeyed twist that shows up after a couple of hours in the glass. It has a silky texture, soft and caressing, with very fine tannins and the faint bitter twist in the finish. In an ideal world, this should be the first wine people drink from Bierzo, and fortunately, in many cases, it is, given the availability, even if they did a more severe selection. This is approachable now but would be better in one year, and it's going to live in bottle.