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Les Terrasses Laderas de Pizarra 2018

Les Terrasses Laderas de Pizarra

2018
Priorat (Spain)
94
PARKER

Alongside the wonderful top-class Ermita and Finca Dofí wines, Álvaro Palacios also offers Les Terra...

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x6 -10%

£26.52

/ btl 0.75 L

(£23.88 x6)

Details for Les Terrasses Laderas de Pizarra 2018

Producer

Alcohol content

14.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2018

Review

Alongside the wonderful top-class Ermita and Finca Dofí wines, Álvaro Palacios also offers Les Terrasses – a simpler wine but brimming with personality and elegance too. Les Terrasses is a 'regional wine' from Priorat, made with grapes from 80 different vineyards spread out around eight villages. Grapes are destemmed and lightly pressed and the must left to ferment in concrete and oak vats with native yeast. The resulting wine matures in oak barrels and vats for between eleven and thirteen months depending on the vintage. Like all Álvaro Palacios creations, it is an elegant wine but it also has an interesting earthy feeling with a discrete rustic hint of Carignan which gives it a special character.

It does not have the vanilla-like sweet taste that an excessive prominence of barrels gives to certain wines from other wineries. Its time spent in new wood depends on the characteristics of each vintage but it is never allowed to overshadow the expressiveness of the fruit. A clear and honest wine, with subtle and juicy tannins, it is a faithful expression of the top-quality healthy grapes used to produce it. It offers a velvety feel even though it makes no attempt to hide its tough origins, reminding the drinker of the dry and dusty tracks winding up among the mythical broken slate Priorat vineyards.

Les Terrasses has an intense Picota cherry colour in the bottle, and its clean, intense and complex aromas are both fruity and floral (lilacs and violets). A liqueurish hint of ripe cherries and plums blends with spicy and lactic tones to create a wonderfully balanced wine. Fresh in the mouth, with aromas of scrubland and pencil lead, and a discrete toasted touch, it is a splendid wine best drunk after being decanted carefully.

Food pairing

Red meats / Roasts / Small game dishes / Meat casseroles

Tasting notes

  • ViewPicota cherry red / Intense / Violet glints
  • Bouquet:Red fruit / Roasted notes / Balsamic notes / Fruit aromas / Vegetal notes
  • Mouth:Structured / Silky / Mineral notes / Fresh / Flavoursome / Fruit notes / Good acidity

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Customer reviews

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by: Nicolas (04/08/2020) - Vintage 2017

Priorat

Fruity (light) Priorat, 2nd wine of the domain, very subtle and pleasant.

by: María Hurtado de Prada (10/10/2020) - Vintage 2017

Gran vino

Un gran vino de una denominación de origen poco comentada

by: Alfonso Norte (03/10/2020) - Vintage 2017

El precio de la fama

Esperaba más de este vino. Es muy sencillo, simple incluso, afrutado, agradable, facilón, ausente de personalidad. Hay bastantes Priorat de precio inferior y mucho mejores: Martinet, Camins del Priorat... no os digo con precio similar.

by: Paolo (29/07/2019) - Vintage 2017

Ti invita per un altro bicchiere

Anche se ancora giovane, diventerà sicuramente un gran vino. Fresco e beverino, e ben bilanciato in ogni suo aspetto. 15% di alcol che però non affaticano

by: B.J. (24/01/2019) - Vintage 2016

2015 was great - looking forward to 2016

A fantastic wine with great depth of flavours. Crowd pleasing. Cherry and plum flavours with some herbal notes. So smooth and silky on the palette.

Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios

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 in rocky crags, and brightly-coloured fennel in the olive groves. This is mystic, spiritual country tracing back its past to the Carthusian monks, who worked at cultivating vines for more th...

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