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2003 Descendientes de José Palacios Petalos del Bierzo (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Descendientes de José Palacios   details
Appellation: Bierzo - Castilla y León - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Mencia
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$18.69
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: July 31, 2009 , John King
"removed via inventory"
rated: June 16, 2005 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
92 points "This unfined, unfiltered offering, from steep vineyards (60-100-years old) composed primarily of schist, is 100% Mencia, a varietal indigenous to Bierzo. It is fashioned by the brilliant Spanish winemaker, Alvaro Palacios, from tiny yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare. The 2003 Petalos del Bierzo exhibits a blueberry and blackberry-scented bouquet, an intense ripeness, but plenty of finesse and elegance. (Bierzo is a cool climate appellation, so the wines did not suffer from the vintage’s extreme heat.) The textured, rich, beautifully made 2003 boasts a long, persistent finish. A distinctive, singularly-styled effort that admirably displays this varietal’s potential, it should drink well for a decade." Best 2005-2015
rated: October 16, 2005 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
89 points "Intense yet nervy, this expressive red offers Bing cherry, flint, floral and tobacco flavors that explode on the palate, then linger on the finish. Drink now through 2009. 1,250 cases imported. (TM)" Best 2005-2009
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