According to Ricardo J. Palacios, 2017 has been a year of extremes and surprises.
Such extremes included low rainfall and summer drought with high temperatures resulting in an unusually early harvest. On the other extreme was a late frost on April 27 that destroyed crops in the Bierzo Valley, including part of the harvest set aside for the regional wine of Pétalos del Bierzo. Adding to this was a hailstorm that hit a few weeks later on May 9 that devastated the area of Moncerbal, destroying the harvest there.
Ricardo has been pleasantly surprised at how such a dry vintage with extreme temperatures has translated into balanced, elegant wines with a refined quality he hasn’t seen in their wines.
The great fine wine of the area is a promising vintage which is nothing less than that expected of it. Extremely mysterious because of its violets and dark fruit that tell the story of an indescribable plot. On the palate, a square tannic full of energy and excellent acidity promise a few structured years in search of light. At thy feet!