Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2009

Red Wine from Priorat, Spain

Price: $22.99
Item No. 110965
  • RP94
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • RP91
  • W&S91
  • ST90

Winemaker's Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

"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 "
94 Points

"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. "
90 Points

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Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(11/28/2011)
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.
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Rating:
(10/6/2011)
Style: 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~~
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David R Bebeau - Springfield, MO (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(10/20/2012)
Very interesting wine from Spain.IMHO great with pasta or cheese and salad.Really nice change of pace.
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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...

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Learn About Priorat

(pree-ohr-aht) The Catalans call it Priorat, most others in Spain say Priorato - however you choose to pronounce it, it's easy to see it has been an up-and-coming region for 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...

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