From 60 year-old vines, and farmed biodynamically, this is a terrific example of the early ripening Mencia grape, grown by the maestro, Alvaro Palacios, in the green and pleasant vineyards of Bierzo in the North-West of Spain. Before the arrival of the fantastically adept self-publicist, Senior Palacios, Bierzo was probably somewhat better known as a key staging post on the pilgrim route to Santiago…..indeed for many that still is the case, but its wines are gaining more and more recognition, and have, over the centuries, provided welcome solace for the weary travellers as they approach the end of their long route.
The 2010 has been aged for ten months in seasoned French oak and has a fascinating nose of violets, herbs and spice, backed by dark fruit notes of damson and morello cherry. The fascination is held on the palate with notes of tea, bitter chocolate, macerated fruit and even something a little chalky evidenced.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Wine Buyer)
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The 2009 is good but I think the 2010 is even better, a little racier. Petalós 2010 Bierzo is made from 60-year-old vines apparently and spends 10 months in used French oak. I loved its super supple, juicy fruit with just a hint of graphite (it's easy to see why the locals initially thought this grape variety might be Cabernet Franc; DNA analysis has shown it is identical to the Jaen of northern Portugal, incidentally). This very complete wine with a bone-dry finish hides its 14% alcohol extremely well. I know the word fluid may seem a bit tautologous as applied to wine but it does seem a particularly apt description of this lovely wine, which I suggest could be drunk any time over the next four years.
(Jancis Robinson - Wine of the week - jancisrobinson.com - 07-Sept-2012)