Alvaro Palacios 2019 'Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes' Priorat DOCa
Item Number: 17627
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 82% Garnacha / 17% Cariñena / 1% White Grapes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
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.