In my previous post I mentioned a wine from the D. O. Bierzo. I am always looking for something different and even difficult to find so when I found a D. O. that I was not familiar with a couple of years ago I was ecstatic.
The D. O. Bierzo is situated in northwestern Spain in the province of León. It sits just east of Rías Baixas – Spain's top white wine producing region. The climate here tends to be a bit mild and has a higher humidity due to the Galician influence. The low altitude also helps the area to avoid the late frost. The grapes here are typically harvested a month or so earlier than the rest of Castilla.
The 2007 vintage was rated "Excellent" and you will be able to taste why with your first sip. The wines from Bierzo tend to be young wines and are made predominantly with the Mencía grape – a local varietal. Wines from here tend towards a cherry color and fruity and robust nose. They are also dry, light, and fruity on the palate. These wines are increasingly available in the U.S., and I would highly recommend seeking them out. Try the 2007 Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos, 2007 Peique, or (if you can get your hands on one) Paixar. Enjoy!