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Gratallops Alvaro Palacios 93js Premier 2014

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93 Points, James Suckling: "Rich nose of pure strawberries and red plums with hints of slate and pepper. Full body, round tannins and a pure-strawberry character that comes through on the finish. Fruity and reserved. 85% garnacha and 15% cariñena. Drink now." 12/16. 92+ Points, Luis Guittierez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The red 2014 Gratallops is a "vi de vila" (a village wine), which is a category created in Priorat. Priorat has been a pioneer within the appellations of origin to start differentiating and defining origin in their wines. This is a blend of approximately 80% Garnacha and the rest Cariñena. All the plots used are mentioned on the label: Ermites, La Capella, Torrent, Coll del Corral, Socarrats, L’Hort de L’Olivar, La Font Nova, Carrerada, Coll de Falset, Obagues and Manyetes. It fermented in oak vat followed by malolactic and aging in barrique. This felt quite floral and open, aromatic and elegant, mixing flowers and Mediterranean herbs, and an earthy but subtle mineral sensation. The herbal sensation seems to grow with time in the glass. The palate is tasty, I guess the high acidity makes the wine long and amplifies the mineral/salty sensation in the finish. Agile and vertical, the abundant tannins seem sharpened by the acidity and it should benefit from some more time in bottle. 17,500 bottles were filled in April 2016." Issue#227, 10/16. NYR "From a selection of six different old vine vineyards on the ridgelines that extend from the village of Gratallops. The vines range in age from 15-75 years old. The vines are all estate and farmed organically and in bio-conversion....The first of the villages of the Priorat to get formal recognition as an appellation was Gratallops. This movement of growers, in part led by Alvaro Palacios, was to create an appellation system for the Priorat more like that of Burgundy." Distributor Note

Region: Spain » Catalunya » Priorat

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Color: Red
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93 Points, James Suckling: "Rich nose of pure strawberries and red plums with hints of slate and pepper. Full body, round tannins and a pure-strawberry character that comes through on the finish. Fruity and reserved. 85% garnacha and 15% cariñena. Drink now." 12/16. 92+ Points, Luis Guittierez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The red 2014 Gratallops is a "vi de vila" (a village wine), which is a category created in Priorat. Priorat has been a pioneer within the appellations of origin to start differentiating and defining origin in their wines. This is a blend of approximately 80% Garnacha and the rest Cariñena. All the plots used are mentioned on the label: Ermites, La Capella, Torrent, Coll del Corral, Socarrats, L’Hort de L’Olivar, La Font Nova, Carrerada, Coll de Falset, Obagues and Manyetes. It fermented in oak vat followed by malolactic and aging in barrique. This felt quite floral and open, aromatic and elegant, mixing flowers and Mediterranean herbs, and an earthy but subtle mineral sensation. The herbal sensation seems to grow with time in the glass. The palate is tasty, I guess the high acidity makes the wine long and amplifies the mineral/salty sensation in the finish. Agile and vertical, the abundant tannins seem sharpened by the acidity and it should benefit from some more time in bottle. 17,500 bottles were filled in April 2016." Issue#227, 10/16. NYR "From a selection of six different old vine vineyards on the ridgelines that extend from the village of Gratallops. The vines range in age from 15-75 years old. The vines are all estate and farmed organically and in bio-conversion....The first of the villages of the Priorat to get formal recognition as an appellation was Gratallops. This movement of growers, in part led by Alvaro Palacios, was to create an appellation system for the Priorat more like that of Burgundy." Distributor Note

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