Descendientes De J. Palacios Pétalos 2010, Do Bierzo
A consistently excellent wine, the 2010 Palacios Pétalos, like previous vintages, is a regional blend (4 villages in the valley of Bierzo) and a fine entry point to the region and the character of the mencía grape. And 2010 was a glorious vintage, resulting in a wonderfully floral version, with violets and other wildflowers mingling with cinnamon hearts, fresh cherry, blueberry yoghurt, Turkish delight and powdered sugar - highly inviting overall. The palate is mid-weight, suave though surprisingly structured, indeed one of the most structured Petalos' in my experience. The length and depth are excellent, especially for the money; outstanding value. Score: 91 (John Szabo, MS, www.WineAlign.com, Mar 2012)
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This wine was first for me trying the mencia grape variety. Very fragrant with fresh cherry, and floral hints. Smooth tannins, and a medium body. Sweet cherry, soft vanilla, and subtle vegetal notes come through. Extra long finish.
Tasted March 2012.
The 2010 Descendientes De J. Palacios Pétalos is a light to medium bodied, fruity wine, with intense aromas of raspberry, red currant, caramel and floral notes of wild rose. It is tannic and has a finish of medium, slightly bitter length. Both the tannins and the bitterness will dissipate as the wine ages - drink 2014-2020. My impression: NICE, 90 pts - currently the LCBO is selling the 2009 vintage that is nearly sold out.
Tasted during 'The Wines of Alvaro Palacios' tasting organized by WineAlign on March 19th, 2012.
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A little bit different from '09 bottling (one of my favs from last year) but this is still dynamite. Lots of blackberry/cherry notes along with a fresh floral quality. Along with this, there's a hint of spice from the oak and a slight herbaceousness that I didn't find in the '09. It's medium weight with nice fresh acidity and with youthful, chalky tannins. Hold on to this for a couple years if you can. You'll definitely be rewarded. Tasted November 2012.
all mencia is aged briefly in new french oak and then in older barrels before bottling.
Dark ruby, ripe red and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by anise, cola and sexy oak spices. soft dark berry preserve flavours gain minerality and firmness with air. Zesty cherry skin and mineral notes carry through a long gently tannic finish. Josh reynolds, international wine cellar sept 2012.
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting and tasting with the artistic maker of these wines, Alvaro Palacios. His vibrant personality is contagious and his wines exude his raw passion. This wine is full of plush ripe fruit and fresh forest and it lingers in your mouth for minutes. Get some of these while you can, they will be sold out fast. A perfect wine for your favorite braised meat dish.
Can a wine be 'floral forward'? Because if it can, then that is what this wine is. But not in a dainty way, in an intensely perfumed way. Violets with layers of dark berry fruit, a yogurt or cream like quality and a subtle oak spiciness combine to make for a great wine.
It's delicious right now, with chalky tannins that hint at even more to come if you can wait. Maybe buy a few bottles - some for now, some for later.