Over the past twenty years, the Spanish wine region of Priorat has become a global force in producing full-bodied, dense, oaked, modern style wines. This region outside of Barcelona is also known for how crazy expensive the top wines can be. Take for example Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 2013, it's a perfect 100 points from the Wine Advocate, but it's $2,000 a bottle on release! Using mostly estate vineyards in and around the famed village of Gratallops. Mostly Garnacha with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah providing power and structure, this is a refined and inviting introduction to the world of Palacios and Priorat!
"Sweet-berry, watermelon and orange aromas follow through to a full body with soft, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Friendly and delicious. Drink now." James Suckling, 93 Points
"The regional blend 2020 Camins del Priorat, produced with grapes from 101 plots from eight villages in Priorat, is a blend of 55% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cariñena, higher in Garnacha and lower in Cariñena, like in the majority of 2019s. That gives the wines freshness and elegance, vivacity and fluidity. It fermented with the indigenous yeasts in a combination of stainless steel, oak and concrete vats and matured in barrel and oak vats for four months. This is more Priorat than any of the vintages of Camins; in reality, nobody is planting French varieties anymore and many are regrafting their vines, so in the future, the tendency could be toward more Garnacha and Cariñena in this wine. This is a very drinkable version of Camins, less dense than the 2019, from a year that was cooler with just an herbal hint. The mouthfeel is velvety with great freshness and very fine tannins. This has to be the finest Camins to date, different from previous years; it should be a commercial success." The Wine Advocate, 92 Points