Alvaro Palacios 2019 'Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes' Priorat DOCa

Alvaro Palacios 2019 'Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes' Priorat DOCa

Item Number: 17627

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): 82% Garnacha / 17% Cariñena / 1% White Grapes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Friable schist on steep, terraced slopes
Elevation: 200 to 600 meters

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 80 small parcels in eight different villages throughout Priorat. 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. These vineyards tend to thrive in many conditions including drought.

Winemaking Notes: The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes macerate between 15 and 30 days. Les Terrasses ferments spontaneously with native yeast in a mix of concrete and open-top wooden vats with punch downs and/or pump overs. The wine ages for 12 months in French barriques (20% new). Malolactic fermentation occurs. It is bottled without filtration.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/30/2021)

    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. 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.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (10/15/2022)

    A juicy red, offering raspberry ganache and red licorice flavors, a fragrant skein of dried sage and milled white pepper and rich hints of smoke and toast. This concentrated, medium- to full-bodied version remains fresh and focused, thanks to the tang of orange peel acidity and fine, taut tannins. Drink now through 2028.