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 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
The Wine Advocate
"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. "
International Wine Cellar
Incredible 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.
Smooth & Supple
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~~
Very interesting wine from Spain.IMHO great with pasta or cheese and salad.Really nice change of pace.