ALVARO PALACIOS LES TERRASSES PRIORAT - 2003
This Spanish red is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has an alcohol content of 14% and was aged in a mix of French and American oak. Alvaro Palacios trained at Chateau Petrus before creating his own Priorat in 1989.
Garnet red color with black cherry and wild berries on the nose. Thick and juicy with strawberry, cocoa, plum, oak, minerals and lots of tart cranberries and sour cherries on the finish. Smooth but with chewy tannins.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
A very well made Spanish Priorat that is a good food wine. Pleasurable and solid all around but not showy. Retails for around $27 a bottle which is overpriced for what it has to offer. There are too many dynamic Spanish reds out there in this price range that are more satisfying.