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Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 2014 750ml
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Alvaro Palacios Gratallops Red Blend 2014

Priorat - Cataluna - Spain

Professional Wine Reviews for Alvaro Palacios Gratallops Red Blend 2014

Rated 93 by Decanter
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. (Suckling)
Rated 92 by Robert Parker
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.
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Region: Cataluna

For thousands of years, Spain's beautiful wine region of Catalunya has been a powerful center of wine production, with much archaeological evidence to suggest that quality vines were being cultivated in the fine Catalan soils many hundreds of years before even the first Roman settlers arrived. The wonderful coastal Mediterranean climate of the region creates an ideal environment for viticulture, and the excellent conditions are improved further by the mineral rich soils which cover much of the region's valleys and hillsides. As a result, the bodegas and wineries which operate in Catalunya are able to grow a wide variety of imported and native grape varietals, and are able to produce their famous sparkling Cava wines in large quantities, alongside the many still red and white wine bottles which are brought out each year to critical acclaim.

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.