Sunday, September 19, 2010

***+ $$ Descendientes De Jose Palacios Bierzo Petalos, Bierzo, Spain, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review (GOOD VALUE)

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Original Review, March, 2008: This Descendientes De Jose Palacios Bierzo Petalos is an interesting Spanish wine, made from old vine Mencia grapes.

In the glass, it is medium/deep red, more ruby than purple.

Aromas stampede from the glass - aromas all over the place... here and there... purple, fruity, violets, sweet beach sand, yum!

On the palate, a first grab of tannic grape at the very front of your mouth - think Chateau Welch's Grape Juice that's been steeping in clean,fibrous terrycloth. That terrycloth resolves into a solid robe of mid-red fruit all around your palate. At that point, it's more to red currants and berries than grape juice. Finish is clean, minerally, almost crisp, without being too acidic.

Interesting. Three stars out of five. I want to try it again - someday. Not sure what age will do.

Jay Miller for Wine Advocate awarded 91 points, saying, "The 2006 Petalos del Bierzo is purple-colored with a fragrant nose of violets, lavender, mulberry, and blueberry. Ripe, supple, and sweetly fruited, it will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2015. This estate was started in 1998 by Alvaro Palacios. It has steep hillside vineyards and 60- to 100-year-old vines planted in 100% Mencia, a varietal indigenous to Bierzo, a cool-climate D.O."

Updated Review, two and a half years later, September, 2010:  Color and aromas are consistent, big, billowy and bold.  There's a helium and stinky feet element coming through on the crowded nose now too.  On the palate, the fruit has resolved into tighter acids and tannins, with red currant fruits dripping along the edges.  Still solid, though I would not say improved over the exuberant earlier tasting.  Built for food.

Following long decant, two days under vacuum in partially-filled bottle:  Clean, brilliant and alcoholic nose.  Umm, peppery tannins are taking the forefront now, supported by the still-sparkling fruit.  Add a plus for power with the added age and air time.  Now becomes a good value.

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