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P�talos 2012, Bierzo, Descendientes de J.Palacios
P�talos 2012, Bierzo, Descendientes de J.Palacios
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Looking at my recent tasting notes I see Spain is the flavour of the moment.

That country’s wines are good value as well as a wine cellar full of variety beyond Rioja. Majestic’s range has bottles really worth finding.

The Cup and Rings Godello Sobre Lias 2013, Monterrei (£12.99) is made by Scotsman Norrel Robertson. Godello is a grape indigenous to north-west Spain capable of producing fine wines. There’s more than a hint of apple pie on the nose followed by minerals and lively acidity on the palate. Partner with grilled fish.

Pizarras de Otero 2014, Bierzo (£9.99) is a light, juicy red with crunchy dark fruits, great value and perfect with tomato pasta.

My top tipple is Pétalos 2012, Bierzo, Descendientes de J Palacios (£18.49), one of my favourite reds of the year.

As with the Pizarras, this is made from the red grape mencia in the Bierzo region of north-west Spain.

Lovely juicy fruit, think black cherry, plus cloves and violets followed by a supple palate and long finish. Ideal with hard cheese.