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Camins del Priorat 2020

Camins del Priorat

2020
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£21.79

/ 0.75 L btl

Wine Camins del Priorat 2020

Spec sheet
Producer
Grapes
Origin
TypeRed Wine Young Crianza
Alcohol content i14.5%
Bottle size and vintage0.75 L - 2020

Review

Álvaro Palacios will never fail to surprise us. We may like his style and appreciate his way of creating wine, but what can't be denied either is his brilliance and his ability to adapt to contemporary times. A good example is Camins del Priorat, an affordable wine in an accessible style but with the class and distinction which we have grown to expect from Álvaro. The sort of wine we might term introductory, which enables us to become familiar with not only the firm's philosophy, but also the essence of the Priorat, without attaining the complexity of the grand classics or this winery's other offerings.

As the label itself seems to reflect, Camins del Priorat is a wine for those who love the naturally beautiful and delightfully fragrant. A wine which is presented as the bodega's entry level, but which shows its own definite character. Originating from vineyards in various municipalities (Gratallops, Porrera, Torroja, La Vilella Alta and La Vilella Baixa, Bellmunt, El Molar, El Lloar and Poboleda), at different altitudes and orientations, and from vines of varying ages (between 10 and 40 years old), Camins del Priorat is made primarily from indigenous varieties (50% Garnacha and 15% Cariñena with the addition of some Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot), offering a complex and balanced whole, a very fruit-forward wine that has the marked minerality typical of the Priorat terroir.

In the glass, most notable are its aromas of ripe fruit peel, juicy fruit, watermelon... Accompanying them are the floral notes, especially roses and carnations, which remind us of its similarity to Pétalos del Bierzo or even to Franziskaner-type beers in that floral touch, and discernible notes of banana. On the palate, it appears accessible, with a velvety texture and plenty of fruitiness, of blackberries and blackcurrants. Balanced, with good body, length and some sumptuous yet also silky tannins. A jovial and pleasant wine, modern and very well made... What more could you ask for from a winery's standard?

Food pairing

Mushrooms / Rice dishes / White meats

Vineyard

  • Vine age:Between 10 and 40 years
  • Soil:Llicorella
  • Climate:Mediterranean
  • Yields:Moderate yields

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 15ºC and 16ºC

Tasting notes

  • ViewPicota cherry red / Intense / Violet glints
  • Bouquet:Higly aromatic / Ripe red fruit / Roses / Liquorice / Mineral
  • Mouth:Rich / Powerful / Voluminous / Fresh

Wine critics reviews

Luis Gutiérrez
Robert Parker Wine Advocate


Vintage 2020 - 92 PARKER

The regional blend 2020 Camins del Priorat, produced with grapes from 101 plots from eight villages in Priorat, is a blend of 55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cariñena, higher in Garnacha and lower in Cariñena, like in the majority of 2019s. That gives the wines freshness and elegance, vivacity and fluidity. It fermented with the indigenous yeasts in a combination of stainless steel, oak and concrete vats and matured in barrel and oak vats for four months. 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, different from previous years; it should be a commercial success. 226,000 bottles were produced. 2020 was their earliest harvest ever.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/07/2021)

Customer reviews

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by: Mike Dawson (29 Aug) - Vintage 2020

Excellent Priorat

Lovely bottle. Priorat is my favourite Spanish wine region and this was a very good example. Not as full-on as some but lots of blackberry and oak flavours. The taste just lingers on your tongue. Medium to full bodied. Healthy dose of tannin. Average acidity. I nearly gave this 5 stars. Is this what wine heaven's like?

by: Vinissimus Customer (29/11/2017) - Vintage 2016

Good young Crianza

A decent crianza (2014 was spectacular) its nicely balanced with hints of sweet spice and black fruits, it enters well. As I order it regularly its better served slightly on the cold side.

by: B.J. (24/01/2019) - Vintage 2017

Loved as a gift

Alvaro Palacios wines always make a great gift and nice to introduce people to priorat. Good value for price point and approachable in its youth.

by: Vinissimus Customer (22/12/2019) - Vintage 2018

More robust and fuller bodied than Rioja

Enjoy with a decent steak. More robust and fuller bodied than Rioja. A great producer that offers excellent value for this region.

by: Frederick Bamber (22/12/2019) - Vintage 2018

Always good

I have been drinking Camins del Priorat and for many years and have found it to be a very consistent quality

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