Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2019 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO
Item Number: 15233
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Bierzo
Appellation/AVA: Bierzo DO
Estate Grown Wine: No
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
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.
95pts (2018 Vintage) Decanter 12/2020
"A seamless, refreshing wine that pulsates with black cherry and berry flavors that are very well balanced against the oak and refined acidity. Serious, long and engaging; will develop further."
93+pts (2018 Vintage) Wine Advocate 6/2020
"Their regional wine achieves unheard of levels of complexity and nuance with the 2018 Pétalos del Bierzo. 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."