SPAIN - DJP Petalos Mencia
Winery : Descendientes de J Palacios
Mencia is grown very well in 'conjoined' regions of Bierzo and Valdeorras and neighbour Ribeira Sacra in Spain's mountainous north west. Mencia shares the perfume and flesh of pinot noir with the grip and fine tannins of nebbiolo. Like both, low yields are the order of the day. According to Jancis Robinson's 'tome', the rediscovery of old mencia vineyards with naturally low yields on deep schist soils led to dense, concentrated mencia wines - rather than the simple, fruity wines that had been traditionally made. Portugal also has some vines of mencia in the Dão.
2012 Descendientes de J. Palacios (DJP) Petalos $49.50 is made from old mencia vineyards in Spain’s far north west DO Bierzo, about 100km from Leon. Alvaro Palacios and his nephew Ricardo Perez have renovated steep-sloped, very high altitude old vineyards into biodynamic masterpieces. Dry grown, tilled by draught horse, these are incredible sites that produce some of Spain’s most fascinating wines. The family also makes the famed La Montesa in Riojo, the Bierzo mencia project is named in honour of Alvaro’s father Jose Palacios Remondo. Rose petals, violet, red currant and loganberries with a fleshy palate with fine grip.