Daily Wine 6/29/2017

Palacios Moncerbal Bierzo 07
Saturated purple in color, very fragrant bouquet of violets, smoke, black raspberry and wild blueberries. Tannins are well-integrated and both intensity and elegance create harmony.

Daily Wine 6/29/17:

Descendientes de Jose Palacios – Moncerbal – Bierzo – 2007

  • Established in 1998, Ricardo Perez and Alvaro Palacios wanted to pursue their dream of making great wine from old-vine Mencia and Bierzo was the region of Spain that allowed them to do so.
  • This is 100% Mencia from the region of Bierzo within the Castilla y Léon autonomía of northwestern Spain.
  • Moncerbal is a single-vineyard of old-vine Mencia that falls under the Corullón portfolio, which focuses on the oldest vines.
  • Corullón is the town of Bierzo where these vineyards are.
  • This Moncerbal vineyard has extremely steep slopes of schist with 80% of the slope facing southwest, great for ripeness and concentration. It sits between 600-750 meters in elevation. This vineyard only produces about 175 cases a year.
  • All of their grapes are harvested and destemmed by hand and their single-vineyard wines get aged in 100% new French barrique.
  • Maceration lasts 25 days and fermentation takes place in oak vats with punching down.
  • All of their vineyards are farmed biodynamically.
  • Alvaro Palacios achieved worldwide fame with “L’Ermita” and “Finca Dofi” in Priorat.
  • Pair this with pork, duck, and squab.

Corullón, Spain

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