Alvaro Palacios 2018 'Camins del Priorat' Priorat DOCa

Alvaro Palacios 2018 'Camins del Priorat' Priorat DOCa

Item Number: 12951

UPC: 8-429073019016

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 35% Garnacha / 20% Cariñena / 20% Syrah / 15% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Schist

Vineyard Notes: Camins del Priorat is sourced from a combination of estate vineyards and purchased grapes. All the vineyards are in and around the village of Gratallops.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are destemmed and softly crushed. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel, cement and large wooden vats. The wine ages for 8 months in barrels and wooden vats before bottling.

History of Camins: The evolving seriousness of Terrasses eventually left room for 'Camins del Priorat.' Alvaro Palacios had never wanted to be known solely for expensive "trophy" wines, and with Camins, he found the opportunity to create something special. Drawing on his wealth of vineyard sources, Alvaro is aiming to produce a wine that is affordably priced, but which also stays true to his vision of Priorat-powerful but elegant, approachable but restrained.

91pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 4/25/2019
"Assertive aromas of black/blue fruit preserves and candied violet are complicated by suggestions of licorice, smoky minerals and peppery spices. Offers primary blueberry and cassis flavors that slowly deepen on the back half while picking up a hint of cola. Slow-building tannins frame a long, supple finish that leaves a resonating floral note behind."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/30/2019)

    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 young and fruit-driven with some herbal hints from the French grapes, which were picked early, intermixed with licorice 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.