2009 Descendientes de Jose Palacios "Petalos del Bierzo" Bierzo

SKU #1076840 93 points Wine Spectator

 (#26 on the Top 100 Wines of 2011) This polished red shows density and harmony, with complex, well-integrated flavors of mineral, wild berry, fresh herbs and smoke. Not showy, but has character. Drink now through 2018.  (11/ 2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Lurid purple. Bright, assertively perfumed aromas of blackberry, cherry, licorice and violet. Deep and spicy, offering mineral-driven dark berry flavors that show excellent clarity and a suave floral quality. Tangy acidity adds lift and cut to a long, sappy finish. This wine's blend of richness and energy is intriguing.  (12/ 2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The new releases (all 100% Mencia) include the entry-level 2009 Petalos del Bierzo sourced mainly from leased vineyards with vine age ranging from 40-90 years. It was aged for a few weeks in new French barriques followed by 6-10 months in seasoned barrels. It shows lovely density and purity in an up-front style. Dark black cherries, violets, and Asian spices perch on a medium-bodied frame with well integrated oak and an elegant personality. With excellent volume and length, it is a classy introduction to what can be achieved in the DO of Bierzo. Descendientes de Jose Palacios was founded in 1998 by Alvaro Palacios and Ricardo Perez. The estate has steep hillside vineyards ranging in age from 60-100 years planted to 100% Mencia, the indigenous grape of cool-climate Bierzo. The vineyards are biodynamically farmed and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. It, along with the Bierzo wines of Raul Perez, is arguably the finest in the DO.  (6/ 2011)

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/4/2012  | Send Email
Purple in color and offering plums, blackberry, violets and even brow sugar on the nose. A rich and deep palate follows with cherry, smoke and spices. Medium tannis and medium-high acids. This will be awesome with sausages.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/3/2011  | Send Email
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Produced strictly from Mencia, this deeply colored, inky Gem offers up rich, powerful, opulent aromas of cassis, currants, blackberries, plum, and boysenberry with undertones of anise, toasted nuts, and Asian spices. All of this carries over, generously, wonderfully across a complex, deeply flavored, broad wine, with incredible focus and profound character. The length refuses to leave and is layered and profound. This is an amazingly great wine that rivals many wines well over $100.00, and will be one of our house wines for however long it is around, according to Anderson. 14.5% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2019

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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 14