Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2019 750ml - Vine Republic
Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2019 750ml
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Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2019

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The welcome door to the classic Priorat mosaic. The updating of an austerity, a fineness and an ancient knowledge. It comes from 80 parcels of old vines in eight municipalities. The wine that recovers the forms of tradition and illuminates the quiet distinction of yesteryear. A privileged access to the sensual complexity of the Priorat. In 2007, Alvaro changed the sources of fruit for the Les Terrasses cuvee to only old vines or Velles Vinyes in Catalan. In doing so, he reduced the production of this wine by almost a 3rd and increased the quality a great deal. The wine comes from mostly estate vineyards with some purchased fruit from select lots of old vine Garnacha. Vineyard yields are low at 25 hL/hA.
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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. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. 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. 101,600 bottles produced.

July 30, 2021