Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2017 'Petalos' Mencia, Bierzo DO
Item Number: 12751
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Castilla y Leon
Appellation/AVA: Bierzo DO
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
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."