Descendientes de Jose Palacios Mencia, "Petalos", 2015

Descendientes de Jose Palacios Mencia, "Petalos", 2015

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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. He ultimately decided, in 1990, on Priorato, where he would achieve worldwide fame, but there had been a close contender: Bierzo. It had all the ingredients that Alvaro wanted - incredibly steep hillside vineyards, distinctive terroirs and, most importantly, ancient vineyards of Mencia - a unique red grape believed brought by French pilgrims during the Middle Ages. The idea of making great wine from old-vine Mencía never left Alvaro, and his experience in Priorato convinced him of Bierzo's enormous potential. Meanwhile, his nephew Ricardo Perez had finished enological studies in Bordeaux and was travelling across France - absorbing everything he could about great wines. He also visited Alvaro frequently and came to share a belief in Bierzo's potential. In 1998, the two decided on a joint venture and set out in search of the region's finest old vineyards. In Corullón, Alvaro and Ricardo believe they have found a unique combination of soils, old vines and a distinctive variety. This wine is 95% Mencia and 5% white varietals and Alicante from clay soils in the valley near Corullon. The fruit is destemmed and fermented in open steel and oak vats. Aged 10 months in French oak. 20% new. A tight and beautiful red with dark berry, stone and limestone character. Medium body, focused and refined. Linear and very long finish.

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