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Alvaro Palacios - Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes 2017


  • Country: Spain
  • Wine Region: Priorat
  • Wine Maker: Alvaro Palacios / Joan Asens
  • Grape: Carignan/Carinena
  • Grape Percentage: 60% Carinena, 30% Garnacha, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink: 2012-2021
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2013) VS: 92 (2013) JR: 17 (2008) WS: 93 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Les Terrasses is made from 65% Cariñena and 35% Garnacha. From start to finish it is an unbridled hedonistic experience, with black berries and black cherries to the fore, then hints of aniseed and spice….. a wonderful but complete mouth-feel and a deeply satisfying texture.

Winery Information

Alvaro Palacios

Alvaro Palacios is one of Spain?s most prestigious and influential wine makers. Alvaro and his nine siblings were born into a wine making family, their father being the owner of Bodega Palacios Remondo. However, Alvaro honorably chose to carve out his own wine making destiny, and after studying at the University of Bordeaux he worked at Petrus in Pomerol for two years. He then went onto purchase his own vineyard in the Priorat region of Spain. Here, Alvaro has played a key role in the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)93 pts

June 2015 Reviewer : Luis Gutierrez - The 2013 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes, from a rainy year and a late harvest that resulted in perfect ripeness and low yields, is a blend of 55% Garnacha and 45% Cariñena. You might find labels and literature referring Cariñena to as Samsó, something that is wrong and creates confusion since Samsó is the Catalan name for Cinsault. The grapes are sourced from different villages (Gratallops, La Vilella Baixa, Bellmunt, El Lloar, El Molar, Porrera, Scala Dei, Torroja and Poboleda) all of them grown on schist llicorella soils, fermented in a combination of oak and cement vats with natural yeasts and matured in barrique for one year. It has a meaty nose with aromas that transported me to the Northern Rhône, showing smoky bacon intermixed with violets and really well-integrated oak resulting in a very fine and elegant impression. It seems more refined than other vintages of Les Terrasses, lighter and more elegant with none of the volatility or oak of yesteryear. It is really fine, polished and is without edges. Somehow within the Atlantic vintage you can see the Mediterranean character. Awesome Terrasses and good value for Priorat.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)92 pts

Jan 2016 . By Josh Raynolds. Brilliant ruby. A complex bouquet evokes raspberry and blackberry preserves, Indian spices, potpourri and smoky minerals. Deep, seamless and powerful, with lively fresh black raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors, and a candied violet note that builds with air. The gently tannic finish shows excellent length and clarity. (2008)17 pts

Tasted Jun 2011. Like Camins, this is a regional blend from five different villages. From 2007 onwards they used only old vines. Steeper slopes. Very precise, better than earlier vintages I remember. More Cariñena than Garnacha because of the old vines. Very fine. Dry end. When to drink : Now to 2015.

Wine Spectator (2014)93 pts

Sept 2016 - Highly Recommended - Graceful and harmonious, this red shows good depth, balancing juicy cherry and berry flavors with notes of vanilla, mountain herb and mineral. Light tannins and juicy acidity impart focus. Drink now through 2022. 12,000 cases made.

Vinification Notes

It was aged for 12 months in 20% new French oak.