(Bierzo, Spain) $27

From the famous Palacios family of Spain comes Pétalos (“petal” in Spanish)—a wine of sheer deliciousness that’s so satisfying and easy to drink, it would make a great house wine over the next few months. Pétalos is made from the grape variety Mencia, one of the unsung historic indigenous red grapes of Spain. Mencia makes wildly spicy, peppery, minerally, dramatic reds that, to me, often seem poised somewhere between Pinot Noir and Syrah. Like all of the top Mencias, Pétalos is rich with fruit but well balanced. I can’t think of a fall dish that it wouldn’t go with.  The grapes for Pétalos are from old, biodynamically-farmed vineyards on the steep, slatey slopes of Bierzo, a remote mountainous region in northwest Spain. (14% abv)

93 points KM

Available at Vivino

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