Alvaro Palacios - Les Terrasses - Priorat - 2016 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Alvaro Palacios - Les Terrasses - Priorat

94 points - The Wine Advocate

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€56.00/l
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"The regional 2019 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes was produced with a blend of grapes from 80 plots in eight villages from Priorat, 82% Garnacha with 17% Cariñena and 1% white grapes, a year unusually high in Garnacha and unusually low in Cariñena that suffered a lot from the heat. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. What happened here is that Cariñena was burned by a heat spike of 43 degrees Celsius on the 28th of June, and there was a wildfire in Montsant that perhaps could have warmed things up even more. I think there might be a change toward more Garnacha and elegance in the wines from Álvaro Palacios in Priorat, as this is brighter and less rustic than this wine used to be, more polished, perfumed and fine. The year of heat and drought. 101,600 bottles produced." - Luis Gutiérrez

2016 -  Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes has vibrant acidity in a warm year when ripening stopped as the vines blocked and stopped producing sugar and maintained the acidity. The grapes were small because the year had also been very dry. It's juicy and with good ripeness and some dusty tannins, reminiscent of the dusty roads among the vineyards of Priorat along with that decomposed slate.

Country:
Spain
Region:
Catalonia
Appellation:
priorat
Producer:
Alvaro Palacios

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Elected "Man of the Year" by Decanter in 2015 and announced the most sensational winemaker in Spain by The Wine Spectator, Alvaro Palacios is a true enthusiast who...

Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

Elected "Man of the Year" by Decanter in 2015 and announced the most sensational winemaker in Spain by The Wine Spectator, Alvaro Palacios is a true enthusiast who has revolutionised the Spanish wine panorama for the last 30 years, helping to re-establish two regions on the wine map of Spain. Priorat in the late 80’s which was unpopular for wine and very difficult to access due to its steep slopes. Then the Bierzo, 10 years later, an appellation with enormous potential, but with poor soil and old Mencia vines, a grape variety almost forgotten at the time. In 2000, he also took over the family estate in Rioja. The style of Alvaro is found in all his wines: fruity, without heaviness, and perfect drinkability!
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