Alvaro Palacios 2020 'Camins del Priorat' Priorat DOCa

Alvaro Palacios 2020 'Camins del Priorat' Priorat DOCa

Item Number: 15541

UPC: 8-429073021019

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): 55% Garnacha / 8% Cariñena / 15% Syrah / 12% 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 with native yeast. The wine ages for 4-6 months in barrels and wooden vats before bottling.

History of Camins: The evolving seriousness of Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes eventually left room for Camins del Priorat. Alvaro Palacios has 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 aims to produce a wine that is affordably priced, but which also stays true to his vision of Priorat—powerful but elegant, approachable but restrained.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (7/30/2021)

    The regional blend 2020 Camins del Priorat, produced with grapes from 101 plots from eight villages in Priorat, is a blend of 55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cariñena, higher in Garnacha and lower in Cariñena, like in the majority of 2019s. That gives the wines freshness and elegance, vivacity and fluidity. It fermented with the indigenous yeasts in a combination of stainless steel, oak and concrete vats and matured in barrel and oak vats for four months. This is more Priorat than any of the vintages of Camins; in reality, nobody is planting French varieties anymore and many are regrafting their vines, so in the future, the tendency could be toward more Garnacha and Cariñena in this wine. This is a very drinkable version of Camins, less dense than the 2019, from a year that was cooler with just an herbal hint. The mouthfeel is velvety with great freshness and very fine tannins. This has to be the finest Camins to date, different from previous years; it should be a commercial success.