Alvaro Palacios – 4/06/2012

Camins del Priorat 2010

Very bright and floral, purple black fruits, blackberries. Very fruit-sweet and intense, black fruit conserve, blood plum, black cherry, blackcurrant. Bold forward rich, vibrant juicy, dense tannins but very fresh and clean.

Les Terrasess 2010 (Velles Vinyes)

Earthier more concentrated and mineralic, savoury spicy liquorice. Fine and balanced, great length and integrity. Generous silky tannins and mature fruit characters. Density of fruit, vibrant integrated oak and acid. Very young and a little closed and unexpressive for the time being.

Gratallops 2010 Vi de la Vila

Very unusual smell of abalone, crushed violets and black forest fruits. Much more intense, very full and powerful tannins, some sweetness of oak and lot’s of fruit sweetness. Savoury raisined black fruit, quite extractive and dense, full texture and warmth. New world? Modern wine? Typically Spanish?

Finca Dofi 2010

Juby blackcurrants and blueberries, dark earth notes, blue slate. A little gentler in structure and tannins, nonetheless intense and dark. Newer oak characters, fruit forward and fairly straightforward. Am I tasting the wines too young? Am I missing something? Has the potential to be amazing, but really not seeing a lot that makes it extraordinary. Taste some older wines perhaps?
Alvaro Palacios tasting

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