Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2018
|Region||Spain, Catalonia, Priorato|
The regional red blend 2018 Camins del Priorat was produced with grapes from 101 plots from eight villages in Priorat and wants to represent the overall character of the zone. It's a blend of 35% Garnacha, 20% Cariñena, 20% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot that fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak vats and matured in barrique and oak vats for four to six months. It's young and fruit-driven with some herbal hints from the French grapes, which were picked early, intermixed with licorice and fennel. It's nicely textured, happy and fresh, juicy, clean and with no noticeable oak. It has a modern and clean profile. The tannins are soft and round. It's like a more concentrated version of 2016 and 2014, both cool years. Easy to drink and very pleasant.
Black cherry and blackberry flavors are ripe and juicy in this fruit-centered red. The texture is round, gentle and fresh, with light tannins and citrusy acidity. Garnacha, Samsó, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2028. 25,000 cases made.