The 2006 Petalos del Bierzo is a wine so full of mystery and intensity that you will keep uncovering new flavors.
On a first sip it’s mineral; a second sip releases notes of herbs like basil and tarragon; the third will be something different altogether, dark red fruits and leather.
While not widely available, this wine is worth searching out and can be enjoyed on its own or with grilled steak all summer.
92 Points – Wine Spectator
91 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
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. (Denominación de Origen).
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast:
Ruby-red. Vibrant red berry and cherry aromas are underscored by pungent minerality and rose; this smells like a great Chambolle-Musigny. Sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors are enlivened by brisk acidity and gain sweetness with air. Very suave, focused and strikingly pure wine with superb complexity and poise.