Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Spain
Region: Priorat
Appellation: Priorat
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 40% Garnacha, 30% Samso, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
Vineyard: A combination of estate vineyards and purchased grapes.
Orientation: All the vineyards are in and around the village of Gratallops.
Soil: Schist
Viticulture: all the growers that Alvaro works with are responsible.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and sofly crushed. Fermentation is in stainless steel, cement and large wooden vats. Remontages and punching down.
Aging: 8 months in barrels and wooden vats
Production: 50,000 cases
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 90
Bottled one week before my tasting in February 2015, the entry-level 2014 Camins del Priorat is the only wine that contains French grapes and is more or less 50% Garnacha, 15% Cariñena, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah and 5% Merlot. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in many different villages, fermented in stainless steel, oak and cement vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in barriques and oak vats for six months. This ultra young, jovial wine is a commercial success in the thirsty local restaurant market. It is really affordable too, considering that it bears the signature of Álvaro Palacios. It is bottled at different phases, released already because 2012 and 2013 were short vintages, and this lot is the first bottling with around four months in barrel; the last lot is kept in large oak and cement vats so all lots are more or less four months in barrels. Ripe, juicy and somewhat balsamic, it shows a Priorat character that is highly drinkable with fine tannins and pungent flavors. It is a wine to enjoy at the table. I missed the 2013 because this wine sells like hot cakes. Very good wine at a very good price. 224,000 bottles were produced in 2014.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 92
From a top-notch vintage, the 2014 Camins del Priorat is deep in dark fruit character, with exotic floral and spice accents and seamless texture. This is a delicious entry-level offering from Alvaro Palacios.