Alvaro Palacios 2017 'Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes' Priorat DOCa

Alvaro Palacios 2017 'Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes' Priorat DOCa

Item Number: 13224

UPC: 8-429073019290

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 55% Garnacha / 44% Cariñena
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Friable schist on steep, terraced slopes
Elevation: 200 to 600 meters

Vintage Notes: 2017 was a drought year in which there will be a lot of variation in quality. Many young vineyards, and those planted with non-native varieties, suffered from heat and lack of water. Perhaps not surprisingly, Palacios’ old Garnacha and Samsó (Cariñena) vines weathered the conditions well. Yields were down due to very small berries, but the resulting wines have freshness, fully-ripe flavors, and some of the lowest pHs he’s ever had.

Alvaro has long talked about how the early monks prized north-facing vineyards, but one more factor he’s been pursuing is the monks’ love of vineyards that capture the garbinada – the afternoon sea breeze off the Mediterranean. In 2017, Alvaro believes that many of these vineyards also thrived despite the drought.

Vineyard Notes: Les Terrasses is made from estate grapes and selected lots of purchased old vine Garnacha and Cariñena. This wine is made from over 100 small parcels in nine different villages throughout Priorat.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes macerate between 15 and 30 days. Les Terrasses ferments in a mix of stainless, cement, and open-top wooden vats with punching-down and/or pumpover. The wine ages for 10 months in French barriques (20% new). Malolactic fermentation occurs. It is bottled without filtration.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (7/31/2019)

    This red is round and tender, yet has good depth. Cherry and berry flavors mingle with graphite, wild herb and blood orange notes. The structure is unobtrusive, but the wine shows focus and definition. Drink now through 2027.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/30/2019)

    It's produced with grapes from 80 different vineyards in eight villages and therefore is a regional wine. 2017 was a warm and ripe year that produced powerful wines. This 2017 is 55% Garnacha with 44% Cariñena and a 1% pinch of white grapes that fermented in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in barrique and oak vat for 11 months. This is the earthiest of the bottlings, and it has some rustic touches from the Cariñena, which gives it its personality. 2017 was their earliest harvest ever (the first time they ever started harvesting in August!). They used a little more new oak, yet the wine is not oaky or excessively ripe. There is no room for sweetness here, and the wine is clean, reflecting very healthy grapes and very elegant tannins, quite transparent, not dry, but rather juicy. Great Terrasses, a triumph over the conditions of the vintage.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 92 (11/15/2019)

    Luxurious aromas of plums, violets and cedar with delicious red fruit quality. On the palate, it is fresh with nice concentration and soft tannins.