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. For an in depth review go to The Wine Case.

WHO Descendientes de José Palacios
WHAT Mencía
WHERE Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
WHEN 2007
HOW MUCH $17


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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.