Álvaro Palacios Vi de Vila Gratallops 2016

Red Crianza wine Álvaro Palacios Priorat (Spain) Grenache y Carignan 92-94 Parker Price: £48.42 VAT incl. 0.75 L bottle
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Details for Álvaro Palacios Vi de Vila Gratallops 2016

Type:
Red Crianza wine
Producer:
Álvaro Palacios
Wine region:
Priorat (Spain)
Grapes:
Grenache y Carignan
Bottle:
0.75 L

Álvaro Palacios Vi de Vila Gratallops 2016
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Review:

The Gratallops made by Álvaro Palacios is a wine which demonstrates the great structure and potential of Priorat wines, fresh wines with a personality very much marked by the terroir, as well as mineral and powerful too. And in particular, the wine with which Álvaro Palacios seeks to convey the diversity of locations within the municipal boundaries of Gratallops; this is his Vi de Vila, a selection of grapes from the indigenous varieties Garnacha (80%) and Cariñena (20%) from parcels of land at Coll del Corral, Ermites, Torrent, Sorts-Les-Planes, Mas d'en Pallarès, Manyetes, Obagues and Socarrats. Each spot known by its own name, just as it was done in times gone by. A wine that's aromatic, elegant, with a floral undertone, aromatic herbs, and slightly earthy. Flavoursome, with abundant ripe tannins and the acidity required for maturing in bottle for several years.

Summary of Álvaro Palacios's evaluation of the 2015 vintage

The 2015 harvest has been one of Álvaro Palacios' most productive in the Priorat. Occasional snowfall in winter, not too much rain and some high temperatures, the highest since records began in that area.

The year started off with some autumnal showers which carried on until well into the beginning of November, and after that a mild winter, with clement temperatures. It wasn't until February that temperatures registered a substantial drop, with a minimum low of -4,7º C, and snowfall left a 10 cm layer on the Priorat's vines, a most welcome protective blanket that kept the plants warm during their winter rest-time and helped the wines that resulted to have a special charm and loveliness.

March's arrival was also one of rainfall and humidity. Budding took place at the end of the month, and after a dry April, the hot days in May brought flowering. June was changeable, with rain and even some hail in l'Ermita which damaged a tenth of the berries. Then, a heatwave with temperatures reaching up to 42 ºC at the beginning of July. Occasional showers at the end of that month gave way to a dry, hot August, with some rain falling in the last few days and in September.

This rain at the end of summer made us worry about the appearance of botrytis and generally caused feelings of nervousness and impatience, but with the arrival of stability in the last part of September, the grapes could carry on maturing in an excellent state of health. The harvest lasted from the middle of September until November 1st in a healthy atmosphere, with cool nights and bright days, and dry air.

A crop that has produced wines that are silky and long, fluid and unctuous on the palate, of a pinker colour than usual and with an intense juiciness. Wines full of lively energy and magical charm. There'll only be a short time to wait before being able to give a better assessment of this vintage, with the wines' acidity a little perturbing at the moment.

Vineyard:
Surface area:
8 hectares
Vine age:
Entre 14 y 70 years
Soil:
Llicorella
Climate:
Mediterranean
Production:
Ageing period:
16 months
Type of wood:
French oak
Recommendations:
Optimum serving temperature:
Between 14ºC and 16ºC

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Álvaro Palacios Vi de Vila Gratallops 2014

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Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios
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Priorat, Spain

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...

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