Wines of Spain – Petalos (Bierzo)

FROM The man in the front seat / February 11, 2014

In 1998 Alvaro Palacios and his nephew Ricardo Perez began an adventure in wine making in the Bierzo region of north-western Spain. After searching numerous location the pair finally settle on the town of Corullón, located on Bierzo’s western border. The hillside reminded the pair of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or and the soil, although not of great quality had incredible diversity.

The principle grape chosen to use was the Mencia grape, which grows well in difficult terrains and produces a light, pale but also relatively fragranced wines. The vines used are all aged in excess of 60 years and after harvesting spend 10 months in open French oak vats of which 20% are new.

The wine would be one of the most complex I have had, this is due to the complexity of the production. 95% of the grapes are Mencia with the remainder being white grapes as well as Alicante Bouschet and other reds. Also in Bierzo 80% of the grapes are grown at different altitudes and orientations with the remaining 20 being grown in the clay soils of the valley. The result is a very aromatic wine with a hint of licuorice and other spices. It is not all that heavy with a smooth texture and a slightly acidic almost strawberry-like after taste.

The 2011 sells at between €15 – €18 a bottle which must make it one of the best value for  money wines on the market.


Wines of Spain – Petalos (Bierzo)
Wines of Spain. Petalos (Bierzo)
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