2006 Descendientes de J. Palacios, Bierzo, Corullón, Monçerbol (RT97) An impressive performance by this stunning example of the heights Mencía can achieve, this bottle impressed in every way this evening, from its magically lifted bouquet to its silky, weightless mouthfeel. Deep, dark, and nearly impenetrable with its blackish ruby hue, the aromatic profile has your glass returning again and again to your nose as fruity notes of blackberry and ripe plum are buttressed with terroir-driven forest floor and superb minerality. The bouquet has evolved into an amazingly attractive array of elegance. The palate is seamless, revealing just how much potential Mencía offers, showing mouth-coating richness, perfect acidity and amazingly sweet, ripe tannins melding into a mind blowing elixir. At age 16+ this is an overly convincing example of the world class wines being crafted today in Bierzo. Do not miss current vintages of this beauty and give them a few years to 15 or more of cellaring if you have the patience! Drink now-2031+