2018 Alvaro Palacios "Gratallops" Priorat

SKU #1511701 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors with some iodine and slate. Black pepper, too. Medium body, light tannins and a refined, fruity finish. Finely crafted. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The "vi de vila" or village wine, the 2018 Gratallops is a blend of 74% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 1% white varieties that were crushed and destemmed and then fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in oak containers of different sizes, bocoyes and oval foudres, for 15 months. This is the most approachable and open of the 2018s; it's aromatic and has the characterful profile of wet slate, nuts, Mediterranean herbs and acid berries. It has a lively palate with great acidity but especially with complete but sustained freshness. It has fine tannins and is nicely textured. Textbook Priorat. 18,740 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020. (LG) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed, mineral-tinged red berry, cherry pit and potpourri qualities on the nose, along with a spicy element that builds with air. Juicy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering sappy, mineral-tinged cherry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of licorice pastille. Smooth, slow-building tannins shape the persistent finish, which features a resonating floral note. (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

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