OT: Camins del Priorat 2010


Camins del Priorat is the youngest wine by Alvaro Palacios ​​in Priorat. It is made of grapes from different very small vineyards grown on slate soils on the typical steep slopes of the different municipalities of the region (Gratallops, Porrera, Torroja, Les Vilelles, El Molar, Poboleda, etc.). Each vineyard has different characteristics that provide many different nuances to the wine. This Priorat wine combines the elaboration in stainless steel, cement and wooden vats. The malolactic fermentation takes place in wooden vats. It is aged for 8 months in French oak vats and barrels. A wine with a great value for price, perfect to discover the essence of the lands of Priorat. (Source: Decántalo)

  • 20150125_143422 Winery: Alvaro Palacios, S. L. Polígon 6, Parcela 26. Gratallops (Tarragona)
  • Phone: + 34 977 83 91 95
  • Winemaker: Álvaro Palacios & Oriol Castells 
  • Website: n/a
  • Brand: Camins del Priorat Production: 190,000 bottles
  • DOQ/DOCa: Priorat
  • Type: Young Red wine with 14.5 % alcohol content. Aged 8 months in French oak barrels
  • Grapes Variety: A blend of 35% Garnacha (Grenache), 35% Samsó (Carignan), 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah
  • Vineyards: The vines, between 10 and 40 years-old, are on steep slopes and terraces with different exposures, located between 350 and 600 meters above sea level.
  • Soil: Llicorella, a free-draining, nutrient-poor soil made up of partially-decomposed slate and quartz (‘llicorella’ is the Catalan name for slate).
  • Bottle Size: 75.0cl.
  • Price: Camins del Priorat 2013 (40% Garnacha, 20% Samsó, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah y 10% Merlot) is available at Bodegas Santa Cecilia at € 14,40.
  • My wine rating: I’ve still to taste Camins del Priorat 2013, but this 2010 is quite superb for a relatively inexpensive red Priorat. 95/100.

    Read more about Priorat wines at wine-searcher 

    Álvaro Palacios came to the Priorat, to the town of Gratallops to be precise, following the lead of a group of local producers fully intending to pass on through their wines all the character of this land, full of its own brightness, with the shining Mediterranean sun, the gleaming slate in rocky crags, and brightly-coloured fennel in the olive groves. This is mystic, spiritual country tracing back its past to the Carthusian monks, who worked at cultivating vines for more than six centuries. Growing in open-sited, alkaline soils, the old Garnacha vines enjoy a Mediterranean climate with more than 3,000 hours of sun per annum, an average yearly rainfall of less than 380mm, and close proximity to the sea, which provides freshness from the sea breeze (known locally as the “garbinada”) in summer. Spirit, patience, passion, light and rigour have all played their part in creating fresh and mineral, well-rounded wines, which have revolutionized the Spanish wine-making scene and reached the greatest heights of prestige and recognition on the worldwide stage. (Source: Vinissimus)

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