Descendientes de J. Palacios Villa De Corullon Bierzo 2019
Wine Advocate 96pts "Following the new classification of wines, the 2019 Villa de Corullón is a Vino de Villa (village), produced with grapes from 6.71 hectares divided into 200 small plots they own on slate-rich soils at 500 to 950 meters in altitude. It's 91% Mencía, 1% Alicante Bouschet, and 8% white grapes from old vines (50 to 90 years old) that are organically and biodynamically farmed, and the wine will be certified in the coming years. The partly destemmed grapes were fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts for 43 days and matured in barriques and foudres for 10 months. It has a "moderate" 13.5% alcohol, the lower part of the range, as they aim at 13.5% to 14% alcohol in the finished wines. This is a great blending exercise, as the wines are blended mostly before putting them in the barrel. It's a subtle and elegant Corullón, with great balance and freshness; Ricardo talked about some tannins that are very fine. It's a fluid vintage for this bottling, a little herbal, versatile and complex. It seems to have more character than the Moncerbal than it has had in other years. This can be one of the lightest and most elegant vintages of Corullón, with a different texture from the rest of the 2019s.
Fragrant nose of loganberries, wild raspberries, lemon zest, walnuts, bark, violets, and dried spices. Medium-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Elegant and precise. Tight, mineral finish. Better from 2022.
Medium-bodied, with a suave texture, this red sports glossy cherry, steeped red plum, graphite, smoke, and licorice flavors that meld together seamlessly. Elements of dried orange peel, tea, and mountain herb dovetail on the finish. Drink now through 2029. 1,500 cases made.