Palacio Quemado ‘La Zarcita’ Red, Extremadura, Spain 2020
The Alvear family founded Palacio Quemado in 1999, with the intention of exploring and championing the unique terroir and indigenous varieties of the land of Extremadura, located in the Spanish south-west. La Zarcita is named for a small stream that runs through the vineyards of Palacio Quemado. The philosophy of this wine is to blend different indigenous varieties from the single Palacio Quemado estate to produce a young and fresh expression of the terroir. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged in a combination of slightly used French oak barrels and concrete tanks. A harmonious blend of red and blue fruits with appealing aromas of spices, black walnuts, and licorice. It is medium-full bodied on the palate with fine tannins.