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Moncerbal 2019

Moncerbal

2019
Bierzo (Spain)

Moncerbal is a wine with great body and plenty of muscle, yet extremely delicate; a fluid and direct...

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Details for Moncerbal 2019

Type

Wine Red Crianza

Origin

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

14.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2019

Review

Moncerbal is a wine with great body and plenty of muscle, yet extremely delicate; a fluid and direct wine, with an aroma-pervaded texture, a long-lasting palate and most expressive of its terroir.

Moncerbal is made with fruit that comes from three parcels located at Moncerbal, century-old vineyards growing Mencía grapes, producing low yields, planted with bush vines and facing southwest (80%) and northeast (20%).

Summary of Ricardo P. Palacios' evaluation of the 2015 vintage

The 2015 vintage has seen a dry year with a rainy harvest, which has resulted in a rare yet lovely balance. In fact, it has been the driest year in the last fifty in Corullón, with spring and summer being especially low in rainfall, but with constant moderate temperatures which over time speeded up the vegetative cycle by almost two weeks. Only the arrival of harvest-time offset this lack of moisture with showers that added up to a third of the year's rainfall, reaching as much as 100 litres in the middle of September. A spring and summer with a continental profile, that's for sure, and a damp harvest typical of an Atlantic climate.

Notwithstanding these weather conditions, owing to the fact that the Mencía variety has a short vegetative cycle which also accelerates the ripening process in the final stage, the earliest areas ripen at the same time every year; it's only at the highest levels that they can be delayed by even a month, as was the case with La Faraona. As often happens in dry years, the dryness of 2015 didn't bring forward the start of the harvest (September 5th), but it did concentrate it into fewer days (only 23 days, when the norm for years with damper harvests can be up to 2 months).

The wines still maintain the fresh Atlantic character of the two previous vintages and seem to pick up both the aroma of grapes well-ripened in the sun and the freshness of the damp harvest. Delicate, very aromatic and with fluid, silky tannins.

Descendientes de J. Palacios

Descendientes de J. Palacios

The small town of Corullón is set in a landscape of hills, amidst ancient slate-covered slopes, in a land of monks and pilgrimages (Compostela is not far away) and amongst Mencía grapes - an exceptional setting which Ricardo Pérez Palacios and Álvaro Palacios (Álvaro Palacios, Priorat) discovered in 1999. A new winery to join the Palacios dynasty (Palacios Remondo, in La Rioja), it extends to a total of 27 ha of vineyards scattered over nearly 200 parcels and planted with ve...