Alvaro Palacios 2019 Camins del Priorat, Priorat Spain
Alvaro Palacios is one of the most important winemakers in Spain and credited for elevating the Priorat wine region to DO status. Not wanting to be known only for expensive wines, he created his Camins del Priorat wine pulling grapes from his wealth of vineyard resources. A blend of 40% Garnacha, 30% Carignan, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, the 2019 is more plush than previous vintages yet still remains elegant, balanced and finessed.
92 pts Vinous: Shimmering violet. Vibrant blackberry, cherry and floral aromas are complemented by hints of licorice and succulent herbs. Concentrated black cherry and dark berry preserve flavors stretch out and turn livelier with air. Gently gripping tannins give shape and focus to a long, spicy finish that shows very good clarity and repeating florality.