Bierzo "Petalos", Descendientes de José Palacios
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Bierzo "Petalos", Descendientes de José Palacios - 2021

Item # 12489 750mL

The Mencía vines are planted in (mostly) schist and clay soils. The vines range in age from 40 to 90 years old. Fermented in large old oak and then aged briefly, first, in new French barrique followed by 8 months in older barrels. A red wine with fine tannins, aromatic herbs, mineral and spice - everything nice.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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Staff Pick Notes

Although Alvaro Palacios hails from one of Rioja's famous families, he cut his teeth at Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux. Upon returning to Spain he ventured northeast to Bierzo where he rediscovered a forgotten varietal called Mencia. These grapes, grown in a unique quartz-rich soil, on steep, terraced vineyards display remarkable acidity and minerality. Mencia is often light to medium in body, but boasts deep, focused dark fruit. Palacios ups the ante, coaxing remarkable complexity. The fruit is offset by earthy and vegetal notes. Lean tannins almost go unnoticed, but provide a sturdy backbone. If you're curious about discovering Mencia, this is a ideal place to begin!

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About the Producer

Bierzo, Spain During the late 1980’s, Alvaro Palacios travelled his native Spain selling French barriques to winemakers. But his journeys had a second purpose: to find the best place to achieve his goal of making Spain’s greatest wine. In 1990, he ultimately decided on Priorat, where he would achieve worldwide fame with “L’Ermita” and “Finca Dofi.” But there had been a close contender: Bierzo,...

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Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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