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Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes Priorat 2019 (750ml)

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Producer Alvaro Palacios
Country Spain
Region Catalunya
Subregion Priorat
Varietal GrenacheCarignan
Vintage 2019
Sku 38317
Size 750ml
 Grown Organically 

Alvaro Palacios Description

In 2007, Alvaro changed the sources of fruit for the Les Terrasses cuvee to only old vines or Velles Vinyes in Catalan. In doing so, he reduced the production of this wine by almost a 3rd and increased the quality a great deal. The wine comes from mostly estate vineyards with some purchased fruit from select lots of old vine Garnacha.

60% Garnacha, 40% Carinena

Aged for 10 months in French oak all of which was used to age previous vintages or Camins. 80% of the oak is one, two and three years old.

Wine Advocate: 94 Points

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. Anticipated Maturity: 2021-2028

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