Descendientes de J Palacios Petalos Mencia 2008

Mencia is not a particularly well known grape variety here in Australia, at least not to me.  I’m not personally aware of it being grown here (a reader can hopefully enlighten), and in double checking the interesting Vinodiversity site, it’s not listed as an alternative variety there either.  It is a grape widely grown in north western Spain, including in Bierzo, its stocks improving in recent times.

The 2008 Petalos from Descendientes de J Palacios is garnet in colour, and had some serious tears around the rim of the glass.  On the nose, a clean and intense fragrance of plums, dark cherries, plums, a touch of oak and spices.  Some alcohol too.  On the palate, quite elevated acidity, with pronounced tannins, some good persistence (around 10 seconds) and minerality.  Rustic is a word I would use to describe this wine.  I found the alcohol a little out of balance on the palate.  It improved with aeration.  82 points.

Abv: 14%
Price: $48
Website: From the importer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s