Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2009
Other Red Wine from Priorat, Spain
A monumental vintage, with the ripeness of 2003 and the balance of 2008.
The evolving seriousness of Terrasses eventually left room for a new wine, as Alvaro had 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 is aiming to produce a wine that is affordably priced, but which also stays true to his vision of Priorat - powerful but elegant, approachable but restrained.
Blend: 30% Garnacha, 60% Cariñena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Camins del Priorat is more perfumed than the 2008 as well as more structured. Alvaro Palacios established his namesake winery in 1989. The flagship L’Ermita made its debut in 1993. Finca Dofi and L'Ermita vineyards are farmed biodynamically. All of the wines are bottled without filtration. In 2008 Palacios was the last grower in Priorat to harvest, waiting out rains that diluted other growers' fruit. It appears that 2009 was a slightly more successful vintage for Alvaro Palacios (and most Priorat producers) than was 2008. All of the 2009s were tasted from barrel samples at the Bodega in January 2011.
Barrel Sample: 91-94 Points "
International Wine Cellar - "Pungent aromas of cassis, plum, licorice and woodsmoke. Sappy and broad but focused, with lively acidity lifting the spicy dark fruit flavors. Finishes sweet and long, with fine-grained tannins adding grip. "
Alvaro Palacios Winery
The son of the owners of Rioja's Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacios spent his early 20s working and studying winemaking outside of Spain. His experience abroad - particularly in Bordeaux - instilled in him a deep passion for great wines and led him to return to Spain. With the ambition to make wines that could be world-class. To achieve this dream, Palacios was drawn to the historic hillsides of slate soil and its traditional grape varieties of Garnacha and Carinena. Now widely considered to be among the more important new Spanish wineries in a generation, Alvaro Palacios embodies the spirit of "The New Spain." View all Alvaro Palacios Wines
About PrioratView a map of Priorat wineries (pree-ohr-aht) Spain, sparking envy among collectors. The region has become something of a cult wine producer, creating wines that cost up to 5 times that of a quality Rioja. The region has a special soil, called llicorella made of a brown slate mixed together with rocks. Mountains surround the area and the vines are tended by hand.
Notable FactsThe red wines here are based on Garnacha, and produce inky wine with intense fruit flavors of blackberry and plums, not to mention a required minimum of 13.5% alcohol. The secondary grape of the region is Carinena (Carignan in France). This grape has lost favor in most parts of the world due to its rustic nature, but here in Priorat it's a welcome structural addition to the Garnacha based wines.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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8 ratings, 3 with reviewsAlma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA411/28/2011Incredible wine for the $$. I would have guessed it was a Spanish clone of a flagship Super Tuscan . Intensly aromatic in the glass, gorgeous garnet red, dark fruit and spice on the nose and on the palate. Delicous.David R Bebeau - Springfield, MO59/3/2011Very interesting wine from Spain.IMHO great with pasta or cheese and salad.Really nice change of pace.Kingsley - Redford, MI32/6/2012Wolfmagic 2012 - Juneau, AK42/13/2012outlaw69 - Henderson, NV22/9/2012510/6/2011
10-06-11 upon opening this bottle, I could immeditly smell the black fruit coming from the bottle. I poured this beautiful, full plum colored wine, and prepared to be blown away by its fruit. Boy was I surprised!! This wine is BALANCED!! Well rounded with ripe red fruit, leather, black pepper and a supple tannin to finish it out. You will also get a level of acidity that puts the sharp flavors from the leather, and pepper back in line. I will be buying more of this wine on the next visit to the store~~hypemnd - Dallas, TX59/18/2011allison wilcox - Dripping Springs, TX59/14/2011
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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