2015 Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos, Bierzo (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub-Region: Bierzo
Grape Varietal: Mencia
Review Score: 92WA, 92JS, 90WS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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The entry level 2015 Pétalos del Bierzo, their regional wine, in the new official category that will start working in the appellation from the 2017 vintage, a blend of many different vineyards planted with field blends, where the breakdown might come to some 5% white varieties (Valenciana/Doña Blanca, Godello and Palomino/Jerez) and around 1% other reds (Pan y Carne, Negrada and Gran Negro), all from vines ranging between 40 and 90 years of age on slopes (half of the grapes around the village of Corullón and the remainder in the rest of Bierzo). It's a showy, approachable, aromatic and open version of Pétalos, and as I tasted it later on in the season, it felt more polished and round, with a lush texture. It's extremely aromatic, in a way similar to the 2012. This is always one of the best values not only of Bierzo but for the whole of Spain. 310,000 bottles and 2,000 magnums produced.

92+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 232 - Aug 2017)

This is such a tight and beautiful red with dark berry, stone and limestone character. Medium body, focused and refined. Linear and very long finish. A standard bearer for the region. Drink now.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2017)

This fresh red shows black cherry and red plum flavors that mingle with savory notes of licorice, charred herb and espresso. Firm, tangy acidity is more prominent than the light tannins. The finish shows a refreshing bitterness. Drink now through 2021. 25,000 cases made.

90 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Dec 2017)