Archive for the ‘Bierzo’ category

Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos Mencia 2006

August 31, 2008

It has been a very quite month with a meagre three posts, far too low for my own ambitions. Time and mind consuming business as the organisation of a trade day, the addition of Gilberts, Gibson and Loose End wines to The Grocer’s portfolio and the writing of a new website, www.thegrocer.com.au, have kept me from posting any reviews. Better news is that I’ve been drinking my way through a reasonable amount of good to very good wines lately, so there’s plenty of tasting notes to look out for while upcoming trips to Melbourne and Piedmonte guarantee new inspirational fuel.

I thought a bit of adventure couldn’t do any harm to end this month, so a Spanish wine from the emerging DO of Bierzo, crafted from bio-dynamically grown Mencia grapes by one of Spain’s most reputable  producers is not a bad choice regarding my own preference and drinking profile. All I can say is the wine didn’t offer an easy ride as any quality conventional wine from Priorat, Rioja or Ribera would have done. Being regularly exposed to challenging red Italian varieties as for example Lagrein and Refosco, I’ve gradually grown used to fragrantly aromatic wines with highly acidic, linear and mineral driven structures, a category in which Mencia perfectly fits. Deep purple in colour this wine shows exuberant aromas of little berry fruit, violets, spice and pepper with a leafy, sappy undertone that recurs on a palate with full, juicy and soft fruit, brisk acidity and some almond bitterness at the finish. Clean, well balanced and bustling with personality it’s a wine screaming out for food and understanding before you can fully appreciate it. 89 points

Source: Spanish Acquisiton/Liquid library  Price: $50  Drink: Now-2015