2020 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat Carinyena Garnatxa

Priorat Pioneer Alvaro Palacios showcases Garnacha's gifts. This Camins bottling is supple with juicy red cherry, violet and licorice fruit.

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Priorat is a stunning mountain landscape that rises from the Spanish Mediterranean. Though its rocky slate soils might seem rather unforgiving, it draws on 2000 years of wine growing history.

Pioneer Alvario Palacios is famed for some of the world’s most exxy Grenache wines, but his Camins del Priorat is a joyous gift. Referring to the little mountain tracks in the valleys and hillsides where these grapes are grown, this is supple with juicy red cherry, violet and licorice fruit.

With its whiff of capgun smoke this elegant red celebrates Grenache’s joyful juicy fruit with a brilliant savoury spine.

Sourced from 60 growers across 8 key Priorat villages and more than 100 plots. Fruit for the Camins comes from young vines planted on the valley slopes between 10-40 years in age.

Grapes are all destemmed and fermented using native yeasts, in a mix of stainless steel, oak and concrete vats. A further 4 months maturation takes place in barrel and oak vats.

Blend consists of 55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cariñena. The French grapes are those culled from the top wines within the Palacios range, where he is looking to replace plantings focused on the region's top varieties of Garnacha and Cariñena.

92 Points - " This is more Priorat than any of the vintages of Camins; in reality, nobody is planting French varieties anymore and many are regrafting their vines, so in the future, the tendency could be toward more Garnacha and Cariñena in this wine. This is a very drinkable version of Camins, less dense than the 2019, from a year that was cooler with just an herbal hint. The mouthfeel is velvety with great freshness and very fine tannins. This has to be the finest Camins to date..." - Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate)

93 Points - "Sweet-berry, watermelon and orange aromas follow through to a full body with soft, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Friendly and delicious. Drink now." - JamesSuckling.com

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