Alvaro Palacios ‘Vi de la Vila Gratallops’ Garnacha 2018
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Alvaro Palacios, whose family owns the prestigious Rioja Bodega, Palacios Remondo, spent 2 years at Château Pétrus before setting up on his own in Priorat in 1989. From the outset, he set out to produce world-class wines by using fruit from extremely low-yielding old vines and by applying ultra-modern winemaking techniques. He is now considered one of the “rock stars” of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey “Grand Cru”, L’Ermita.
Alvaro Palacios is without doubt the finest producer in Priorat, one of the most unique terroirs of world wine (steep mountainous countryside renowned for its schist rock soils (called “Licorella”), working with indigenous old strains of Garnacha).
He is famed for Spain’s most famous and prestigious Grand Cru “L’Ermita” along with this, his village wine “Gratallops” and his extraordinary single vineyard “Finca Dofi”.
Alvaro lobbied for legalisation allowing the naming of wines according to their Village location. Prior to this, a perverse illegality applied, whereby growers were not allowed to use Village names on their wines. There are now 12 legal Priorat Vi de la Vila sub-regional village appellations. The first release of such was the 2007 “Gratallops”. The fruit source is Alvaro’s various holdings in-and-around Gratallops, 8.5 hectares in eight parcels other than Finca Dofi and L’Ermita. The wine’s composition for the first vintages (2007 on) was roughly 1/3 each of Garnacha, Samsó and Cabernet. From 2011, it’s just Garnacha with a little old-vine Samsó (2018 80% Garnacha, 20% Samso or Carinena). De-stemmed, spontaneous fermentation in open wooden vat, macerated 40 days, aged 16 months in small French oak, 1-2 years old. Fined, unfiltered.
Of the 2018 vintage another beautiful effort with this release….it flows mightily and richly with magical touches. Don’t miss this
RRP $170 Special when you buy 6 bottles or more
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