The reputation of this Spanish red wine has not ceased to grow with each released vintage. In fact, Pétalos del Bierzo is one of the wines that put the indigenous red grape Mencía on the map, thanks to the work of Álvaro Palacios and his nephew Ricardo Pérez Palacios at the head of the Descendientes of J. Palacios winery.
The 2017 vintage, a very early one, is a blend of Mencía, coming from grapevines from 40 to 90 years old planted in steep slopes with slate soils, with a 10% combination of different white varieties (Palomino, Godello, etc.), a technique traditionally used in El Bierzo to bring acidity and fix the colour of red wines.
Carefully selected and destemmed, the grapes of this Mencía red wine were fermented and macerated in open wooden vats and stainless steel tanks with frequent pump-overs and punch-downs. Malolactic fermentation was completed in the same containers. After that, the wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.
Finally, the wine Pétalos del Bierzo 2017 was clarified and gently filtered prior to its bottling.
Decant this red wine from El Bierzo 1 hour before drinking. Drink until 2025.
The red wine Pétalos del Bierzo has a cherry coloured body with bright violet edges.
Delicate, highly suggestive floral character, carrying notes of violets and dry roses along with hints of black fruit, some touches of liquor, smoke and roasted coffee. This red wine from El Bierzo also insinuates some notes of wet undergrowth over a dim mineral background.
Again, this exciting Mencía shows that Pinot Noir-like quality that has seduced winelovers all over the world. Fresh and smooth, with a medium body and a velvety, lush texture. Notions of ripe black fruit, floral sensations, a distant note of game and venison and some fresh mineral undertones. Tannins are soft and well integrated. This wine by Descendientes de J. Palacios has a good acidity and a medium finish with some smoky, mineral remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
Superbly crafted, gentle and nuanced, Pétalos del Bierzo 2017 encapsulates the very best qualities of El Bierzo. Speaking of which, there is no other wine region in Spain which has taken a more spectacular quality leap in recent years.
Pétalos del Bierzo 2016:
Enterwine 92. Parker 92+. Peñín 93.
Pétalos del Bierzo 2015:
Enterwine 92. Parker 92. Peñín 93. Chosen "Spain's Absolute Best Value"
Pétalos del Bierzo 2014:
Parker 93. Peñín 92.
Pétalos del Bierzo 2013:
Pétalos del Bierzo 2012:
Parker 93. Peñín 93.
Pétalos del Bierzo 2011:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||10|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Mencía 90%, Otras variedades blancas 10%.|
|Pairings||Cold meats, Eggs, Full salads, Goat cheese, Grilled lamb, Risotto, Roasted red meats, Sautéed vegitables, Steak Tartare, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Light, easy to drink, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Because you can, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|
One of my all-time favourite Spanish reds. I love Mencía!!
If I'm correct, this was the wine that put Mencía on the wine radar. It has Burgundian style, though it is more earthy. Medium body, juicy, very fresh. Wonderful flavours and aromas. Unbeatable with meat dishes.