Alvaro Palacios 2018 'Gratallops', Priorat, Spain

Alvaro Palacios 2018 'Gratallops', Priorat, Spain

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Alvaro Palacios 2018 'Gratallops', Priorat, Spain

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.

Winemaker: Alvaro Palacios

Varieties: 74% Garnacha 25% Cariñena

Farming: Organic practicing with Bio-D principles

Terroir: 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, planted on black Schist.

Vinification: destemmed, crushed, fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts.

Aging: 15 months in oak, including foudres and barrique, for 15 months. 50% new oak.

Scores: 94 Points, James Suckling
"The "vi de vila" or village wine 2018 Gratallops was produced with a blend of 74% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 1% white varieties that were crushed and destemmed and then fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in oak containers of different sizes, bocoyes and oval foudres, for 15 months. This is the most approachable and open of the 2018s, aromatic and with the characterful profile of wet slate, nuts, Mediterranean herbs and acid berries. It has a lively palate with great acidity but especially with complete but sustained freshness. It has fine tannins and is nicely textured. Textbook Priorat. 18,740 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020. Blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors with some iodine and slate. Black pepper, too. Medium body, light tannins and a refined, fruity finish. Finely crafted. Drink or hold."

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