If anyone embodies the promise and spirit of “The New Spain,” it’s Alvaro Palacios. His L’Ermita is widely considered—along with Peter Sisseck’s Dominio de Pingus—to be the most important Spanish wine of the modern era.
Ricardo Perez, created a tiny jewel of a domaine in the town of Corullón, on Bierzo’s western border. Descendientes de J. Palacios—named for Alvaro’s father—produces as many as seven different wines, depending on the year. And since the first vintage in 1999, Descendientes has proven that it is Spain’s closest kin to the great domaines of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or.