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Valdafoz

Valdafoz
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Biodynamic

Mystical and deep Mencia

Biodynamic
Valdafoz
Red wine Crianza. 19 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Mencía
Designation of Origin: D.O. Bierzo
Production area: Castilla y León
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.0%
Red wine Crianza. 19 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Mencía
D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.0%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Valdafoz

Valdafoz is a Mencia red wine made with a very small amount of local white grapes, produced by the Descencientes de J. Palacios winery in the D.O. Bierzo in Castilla y León, Spain.

The grapes used to make the Valdafoz wine come from the place with the same name. The vines grow in predominantly slate soils with a laminar structure and green cover given their location on very steep slopes that are at risk of erosion.
The vineyard is home to vines aged 50 to 90 years old that are worked under the principles of biodynamic agriculture.

The harvest is carried out manually with a strict selection process. When the grapes reach the winery, they are destemmed and partially squeezed before alcoholic fermentation takes place in wooden vats with their native yeasts and regular cap plunges. The budding wine undergoes spontaneous malolactic fermentation and ages in barrels and casks for around 15 months, depending on the vintage.

Ricardo Pérez Palacios fell in love with Bierzo and together with his uncle, renowned winemaker Álvaro Palacios, he created Descendants de J. Palacios in 1999. The name is a tribute Álvaro’s father and grandfather, and they make some of the most elegant and sought-after Mencía red wines in the world. This Valdafoz wine showcases the deep and mystical side of Bierzo’s flagship variety.

Serve at 0.0ºC
Contains sulphites

Tasting notes Valdafoz

Extreme weather included low rainfall and summer drought with high temperatures resulting in an unusually early harvest. The most important weather events occurred on April 28th with a late frost that destroyed the crops of El Bierzo valley, and also the hailstorm that fell days later on May 9th, which destroyed part of the vineyards on the slopes of Corullón. The harvest was brought forward to unusual dates due to the high temperatures. Some winegrowers started to pick grapes the last days of August.The wines of this vintage have a good balance between structure and acidity. The fast ripening of the grape caused a small decrease in acidity that makes the wines accessible from the first vintage.
The 2013 vintage was characterised by the influence of the Atlantic climate. Autumn and winter were the typical ones of El Bierzo, with abundant rainfall and low temperatures. Spring came in the same way, with some hail that destroyed crops in some places and lead to the delay in flowering. Summer did not make much of an appearance either, with low temperatures, ripening and the growth cycle were quite slow. The harvest date was delayed by 3 weeks.The wines of this vintage are characterised by a thin profile. The Atlantic climate left its mark on these lighter wines with a marked acidity. Ready to be stored.

Ratings

  • Decántalo 97
  • Parker 93-94

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Bierzo

2017 Very good
2016 Excellent
2015 Excellent
2014 Excellent
2013 Very good
2012 Excellent
2011 Very good
2010 Very good
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Excellent
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Very good
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
2000 Very good
1999 Good
1998 Good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Good
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    07/10/19 Valdafoz 2011 A great wine. Complex and smooth, dry and full body with elegance
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    Designation of Origin D.O. Bierzo

    Winery Descendientes de J. Palacios

    Bierzo wine is on the rise. It is a region defined by its small scale work, with plots scattered around, very old vines, artisan work of the small scale wineries, and the character of their principal variety, the Mencía grape, which produces fresh, fruity and delicious wines. Although the region is well known mostly for its red wines, it also produces white and rosé wines. If the red wines here are defined by the Mencía variety, then the white wines here are defined by the Godello. Godello grape has great aromatic potential, as well as an excellent balance between alcohol and acidity.  Despite the great potential of El Bierzo, its rise in the wine world would not have been possible without two people: Raúl Pérez and Ricardo Pérez. Two great winemakers who in little time have been able to produce critically acclaimed wines from the Bierzo region.

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