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.