2014 "Las Lamas" DO, Descendientes de J Palacios
This caliber Mencia from the master blaster Alvaro Palacios of Priorat fame is quite simply a slate driven Burgundian wine. Inky purple in color as is typical with young Mencias, this wine had a nose of ripe blend of strawberries, raspberries, and boysenberry with a floral hint. Palate contrasted the nose and was firmly tight and dry with less fruit. Some cranberries, some cool bitters with the presence of oak. Tons of slate minerality.
"A beautiful nose of violets, cranberries and hints of licorice. Full and powerful with polished and pretty tannins and a long finish. Excellent structure and depth. Made from a single vineyard of old mencia. One of the top wines of the estate. Better in 2020."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The single-vineyard 2014 Las Lamas follows the same path as the rest of the 2014s: very good freshness and precision, floral and perfumed, elegant and nuanced, with a terribly balanced palate and a little less body than the 2015 but more approachable with its gentle character. This bottling has been on fire since 2012, when they realized they needed slightly higher yields than they had in the past, and it means the ripeness has been more perfect since then. 3,090 bottles.
It was bottled in March 2016."
|Mencia, Jerez Fina, Alicante Bouschet
Robert Parker 95