Major congratulations are in order for the wine La Faraona, by Bodegas Descendientes de J. Palacios, run by Alvaro Palacios and Roberto Pérez Palacios and based in Bierzo, Spain. This wine received a perfect score, 100 points, from Robert Parker not one but two times, for its 2014 and 2018 vintages. This is a major achievement only achieved previously in Spain by Pingus.
La Faraona 2014 initially received 100 points in Parker’s The Wine Advocate. The wine is made primarily from Mencía grapes and with a smaller portion (3%) of white grapes. It was described as “stratospheric” by Parker’s taster in Spain, Luis Gutiérrez, according to ileon.es, and on the palate it’s balanced and it has a long finish. It’s also worth highlighting that the 2015 vintage received 99 points.
La Faraona wines are made with grapes grown on a very small plot measuring less than half a hectare. The vines are 72 years old and located on a steep slope around 800 to 860 meters in altitude. According to Parker, the wine “has a freshness and lightness but also lots of energy and light. It has a great purity, a very strong sense of place, and it encapsulates the humid slopes of Corullón like no other. [It’s] nothing short of amazing.”