Single Bottle - Magnum - 1.5 Liters
This white shows a mix of fruity and savory flavors, with layers of pear, dried apple, beeswax, vanilla, dried herb and ginger notes. The fleshy texture is focused by firm acidity. Balanced and expressive. Drink now through 2017. 300 cases imported.
The 2011 Plácet Valromelloso was cropped from the third consecutive dry vintage, a year that was saved by a cool July. It's pure Viura fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in oval-shaped oak vats for 11 months after malolactic. Much more closed and backward than 2012, the 2011 has a more Mediterranean profile with plenty of notes of aromatic herbs. It is quite lush, ripe and has yellow fruit flavors compensated by a chalky, fresh minerality in the finish. An approachable, hedonistic Plácet. 18,000 bottles produced. I sat down to taste the Palacios Remondo line up with Álvaro Palacios and I was very excited because they are releasing a new wine, a top-of-the-range red called Valmira that is born with the intention to give the winery a wine of the same quality level as the top wines of Priorat (I'Ermita) and Bierzo (La Faraona). However, the first released wine will be from the 2014 vintage, so I only tasted some micro-vinifications aged in small barrels (and the ratio of oak to wine was too big) to have a reference for the future. It is a vineyard he has been regrafting from old, head-pruned Tempranillo to Garnacha over ten years, as the graft had to be done at the floor level and that's more complex. So in the first years, starting with 2009, they had perhaps 50 bottles. I tasted 2009 and 2014 and look forward to the initial release, which will be around 1,000 bottles. In the future, the potential might reach 5,000 bottles as it's three hectares at 610 meters altitude in the Yerga Mountain, on very poor soils, shallow with a thick layer of calcium carbonate at 30-40 centimeters that yield very little. This wine will retail at around $300. As for the current wines, 2012 produced a fantastic collection of pure, transparent wines, better than ever. After years of changes I finally felt the improvement in the wines; change in wine takes a long time. Well done! And while they don't surprise us with the price of the new Valmira, the current wines also offer great value.