Robert Parker 92+ Points: “The entry level 2015 Pétalos del Bierzo, their regional wine, in the new official category that will start working in the appellation from the 2017 vintage, a blend of many different vineyards planted with field blends, where the breakdown might come to some 5% white varieties (Valenciana/Doña Blanca, Godello and Palomino/Jerez) and around 1% other reds (Pan y Carne, Negrada and Gran Negro), all from vines ranging between 40 and 90 years of age on slopes (half of the grapes around the village of Corullón and the remainder in the rest of Bierzo). It's a showy, approachable, aromatic and open version of Pétalos, and as I tasted it later on in the season, it felt more polished and round, with a lush texture. It's extremely aromatic, in a way similar to the 2012. This is always one of the best values not only of Bierzo but for the whole of Spain. 310,000 bottles and 2,000 magnums produced.
Descendientes de José Palacios, aka Ricardo Pérez Palacios and Álvaro Palacios, are giving the last touches to their brand new, highly impressive winery in Corullón. I tasted their 2014s and 2015s, both impressive—2014 a much wetter year which resulted in cooler wines despite the fact that the average temperature of the year was higher than that of 2015. 2014 is a similar vintage to 2013, and 2016 will be along the same lines. 2015 is a slightly riper but very complete vintage but in no way as warm as 2011 or 2009; according to Ricardo, a floral and more expressive version of 2010. In general, the 2014s were magic, and the 2014 La Faraona was simply stratospheric! It's impressive how they could be improving after so many years, and let's see what happens when they have the new winery working.... In the meantime, Ricardo Pérez Palacios, working within the Bierzo appellation, has promoted a new structure of categories for the wines: the regional ones, Bierzo; the village wines, "vino de vill"; unclassified crus (the equivalent of the lieu-dits of Burgundy), "vino de paraje"; 1er crus called "vino de viña clasificada"; and the grand crus, whose designation will be "vino de gran viña clasificada," with requirements on yields and possibly age. Bierzo takes the lead in this.”