Álvaro Palacios - Camins del Priorat

91 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
Álvaro Palacios - Camins del Priorat - 2021 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Álvaro Palacios - Camins del Priorat

91 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
91 points - The Wine Advocate
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The more modern and different 2021 Camins del Priorat, a blend of 40% Garnacha, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 15% Cariñena and 6% Syrah, is a little more balsamic with some herbal notes and some dusty tannins. It's powerful and has good balance. This fermented 100% destemmed in concrete and stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels and vats for six months.
The regional blend 2019 Camins del Priorat is a blend of 35% Garnacha, 24% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cariñena, 10% Merlot and 3% other varieties. The grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed, and then fermented with the natural yeasts in a combination of stainless steel, oak and concrete vats. After fermentation, it matured in barrel and oak vats for four months. This wine showcases the power and concentration of 2019, an extraordinarily warm and dry year, but the wine has great finesse. There are more balsamic aromas from the Bordeaux varieties, which incredibly didn't dehydrate that year: the leaves took a long time to turn yellow. There are notes of liquorice and something balsamic. This is juicy and chewy, powerful, pungent, and intense, with muscle but with great balance and very clean. This is the most modern and international of their wines, with a showy profile. A triumph over the conditions of the vintage.
The regional red blend 2018 Camins del Priorat was produced with grapes from 101 plots from eight villages in Priorat and wants to represent the overall character of the zone. It's a blend of 35% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena, 20% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot that fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak vats and matured in barrique and oak vats for four to six months. It's young and fruit-driven with some herbal hints from the French grapes, which were picked early, intermixed with liquorice and fennel. It's nicely textured, happy, and fresh, juicy, clean and with no noticeable oak. It has a modern and clean profile. The tannins are soft and round. It's like a more concentrated version of 2016 and 2014, both cool years. Easy to drink and very pleasant.
Type:
Red
Country:
Spain
Region:
Cataluña
Appellation:
Priorat
Producer:
Alvaro Palacios
Grapes/Blend:
Garganega, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carinena, Syrah

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Alvaro Palacios

Alvaro Palacios is a renowned wine producer from Spain, known for his exceptional wines that are produced in the Priorat region. The Priorat region is located in the northeast of Spain, and is known for its rugged terrain...

Alvaro Palacios is a renowned wine producer from Spain, known for his exceptional wines that are produced in the Priorat region. The Priorat region is located in the northeast of Spain, and is known for its rugged terrain and unique soil composition, which makes it an ideal location for producing high-quality wines.

Alvaro Palacios has a long history in the wine industry, having grown up in a family of winemakers. He studied oenology in Bordeaux, France, and then went on to work at some of the most prestigious wineries in the world, including Château Pétrus in Bordeaux and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy.

In 1989, Alvaro Palacios returned to Spain and founded his own winery in the Priorat region. He was one of the pioneers of the region, and his wines quickly gained a reputation for their exceptional quality. Alvaro Palacios is known for his commitment to producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Priorat region, and he uses traditional winemaking techniques to achieve this.

The wines produced by Alvaro Palacios are typically made from the Garnacha and Cariñena grape varieties, which are well-suited to the hot and dry climate of the Priorat region. The wines are known for their intense fruit flavors, complex aromas, and firm tannins. Alvaro Palacios produces a range of wines, from entry-level wines that are accessible to a wide audience, to high-end wines that are sought after by collectors around the world.

One of the most famous wines produced by Alvaro Palacios is the L'Ermita, which is made from old-vine Garnacha grapes grown on steep slopes in the Priorat region. This wine is considered to be one of the best wines in Spain, and is highly sought after by collectors. Other notable wines produced by Alvaro Palacios include the Les Terrasses, which is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena grapes, and the Finca Dofi, which is made from old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena grapes.

Alvaro Palacios is a true master of winemaking, and his wines are a testament to his skill and dedication. His commitment to producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Priorat region has earned him a reputation as one of the best winemakers in Spain, and his wines are highly sought after by wine lovers around the world.

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