Two Smashingly Beautiful New Reds...

My goodness, these wines. They speak to me. They make my heart beat a little faster. 

This, latest triumph from Alvaro Palacios, comes from 60 year-old vines that are farmed biodynamically, and is an intense wine that mingles beautifully wild plum, smoke and spice flavours. Expect a broad spectrum of aromas and flavors with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes.  Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. The wines (all Mencia) of Descendientes de J. Palacios are triumphant. The 2014 Petalos, the winery's entry level offering, is no exception. The aromas, though subtle, are phenomenal, very complete and balanced, with an extra degree of complexity when compared with the 2013. The harvest was a little healthier without being easy (or dry). There is great volume in the palate, fleshy, juicy and rich without being heavy, medium-bodied, somehow similar to the 2012 even if it still needs to develop further complexity. There's always a subdued minerality, a texture and mouthfeel difficult to find in wines of this price level.  $18.99 (93 points Wine Advocate)

This, latest triumph from Alvaro Palacios, comes from 60 year-old vines that are farmed biodynamically, and is an intense wine that mingles beautifully wild plum, smoke and spice flavours.

Expect a broad spectrum of aromas and flavors with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes.  Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish.

The wines (all Mencia) of Descendientes de J. Palacios are triumphant. The 2014 Petalos, the winery's entry level offering, is no exception. The aromas, though subtle, are phenomenal, very complete and balanced, with an extra degree of complexity when compared with the 2013. The harvest was a little healthier without being easy (or dry). There is great volume in the palate, fleshy, juicy and rich without being heavy, medium-bodied, somehow similar to the 2012 even if it still needs to develop further complexity. There's always a subdued minerality, a texture and mouthfeel difficult to find in wines of this price level.  $18.99 (93 points Wine Advocate)

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2015 Gachot-Minot Côtes de Nuits-Villages:  "To get to the nitty gritty: you get a lot of Burgundian style, class, depth and complexity for a great price." - Kermit Lynch. 


From Madeline Triffon MS…"What a wow French Pinot buy! Dark strawberry fruit and perfect balance, from a fine grower in the northern Cote d;Or, in Chmbolle-Musigny and Nuits St. Georges. Medium bodied, elegant, complete." 

$32.99

Kristian Denis