Alvaro Palacios is one of the kings of Priorat, and this grenache blend is a full-bodied number that still has a few years to go - especially in magnum! It's more savoury than fruity in style displaying smells of barbequed meats, licorice spice, hints of florals, and a thread of ripe red fruits on the nose. Meanwhile the palate is fulsome with powerful savoury and fleshy raspberry flavours, a solid line of slightly chewy tannins, poised acidity, and a long finish with some tightness. This would be great with some braised oxtail and caramelised veggies.
Schisty, very high altitude mountain slopes planted to incredibly low-yield Samsó (Cariñena) and Garnacha. Wildly famous and expensive (especially in the US). Heady, wild, earthy, robust ... the best are also fine, elegant and perfumed.
A note on the Samsó/Cariñena thing: the old regional dialect name, Samsó is increasingly being preferred in Priorat as another wine region, D.O. Cariñena, is riled about Priorat using ‘their’ name on a grape variety. Ironically, D.O. Cariñena is a run-of-the-mill Garnacha- producing region!
Darkly spiced, meaty and featuring root vegies, and their ashy-earth. Dark-fruit and leather, with deep, pure earthiness, nutty tannin, and controlled rusticity. Joyous Priorat Garnacha tell-tales of orange juice and ruby grapefruit are there too, with the cheeriest aftertaste. Garnacha Samsó.
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Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat Samso Garnacha Magnum