Tasting Note: Petalos 2007, Bierzo, Descendientes de J. Palacios

I was going to blog about something else (98 Bordeaux, to be exact), but this wine is just too good. I already raved about the 2006 vintage, and the 2007 is just as good, if not better.

I’ve now tasted several vintages of Petalos, Alvaro Palacios’ “regular” Bierzo (Corullon being the higher-end label for Palacios in this region). At around 20$ a bottle, Petalos provides an incredible quality-price ratio, year-to-year. Concentrated yet supple, complex and exuberant, it is a truly, truly remarkable wine.

Aromatically speaking, the wine brings out a whole range of delicious stuff, from graphite to blackberry and plum, herbal notes, candied orange peel and even some beautiful floral touches that come out as the wine opens up. It’s a beautiful mouthful, with all the stuffings (and then some) to balance out the 14% alcohol. Tannins are substantial, but fine and well-supported by plummy dark fruit and a mineral character that only old vines (the youngest in this case are 40-years old) can provide.

It’s deep, it’s complex, and it has enough acidity to keep it fresh and confirm its aging potential. Beautiful balance, overall, making it a seriously fun wine. If I can keep from drinking them (I might have to hide them under a pile of… bordeaux, maybe?), I’ll be happy to hold on to a couple of bottles for up to ten years. There’s even some magnums left at SAQ, our beloved monopoly, that are sounding even more tempting.

Even the label is just gorgeous, with its stylized old vine and rough edges. What more could you ask for?

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  1. Posted February 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I really love this wine, and the floral/candied orange peel quality is spot-on. I’m always intrigued to find those notes in red wines. Have only had wines from the Bierzo that are relatively young so am curious to see how they would age. Will check back with you in 2020!

    • Posted February 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the comment, Sasha. It is intriguing to find unexpected notes that seem contrary to the color of the wine – like finding wild strawberries in some white wines. But why not, right? It’s nice that wine can contradict and/or exceed expectations in such ways. Wonder what the orange peel will have turned to in 2020…

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