Alvaro Palacios 2017 'Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes' Priorat DOCa
Item Number: 13224
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 55% Garnacha / 44% Cariñena
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
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.