Descendientes de J Palacios Las Lamas Corullón Bierzo 2009

I haven’t been entirely convinced by the mencia wines of Bierzo in north western Spain, thinking them neither one thing nor another.  This wine promptly puts an end to that sort of thinking; it is resolutely stunning.  From a 0.54 hectare vineyard consisting of 60 to 100 year old vines, it has aromas of blackberry, well integrated cedar, violets and florals.  The palate is earthy with wonderful length and structure.  An emphatic yes from me.  Rating: Outstanding

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