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Les Terrasses 2021



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Alongside the wonderful top-class Ermita and Finca Dofí wines, Álvaro Palacios also offers Les Terrasses – a simpler wine but brimming with personality and elegance too. Les Terrasses is a 'regional wine' from Priorat, made with grapes from 80 different vineyards spread out around eight villages. Grapes are destemmed and lightly pressed and the must left to ferment in concrete and oak vats with native yeast. The resulting wine matures in oak barrels and vats for between eleven and thirteen months depending on the vintage. Like all Álvaro Palacios creations, it is an elegant wine but it also has an interesting earthy feeling with a discrete rustic hint of Carignan which gives it a special character.

It does not have the vanilla-like sweet taste that an excessive prominence of barrels gives to certain wines from other wineries. Its time spent in new wood depends on the characteristics of each vintage but it is never allowed to overshadow the expressiveness of the fruit. A clear and honest wine, with subtle and juicy tannins, it is a faithful expression of the top-quality healthy grapes used to produce it. It offers a velvety feel even though it makes no attempt to hide its tough origins, reminding the drinker of the dry and dusty tracks winding up among the mythical broken slate Priorat vineyards.

Les Terrasses has an intense Picota cherry colour in the bottle, and its clean, intense and complex aromas are both fruity and floral (lilacs and violets). A liqueurish hint of ripe cherries and plums blends with spicy and lactic tones to create a wonderfully balanced wine. Fresh in the mouth, with aromas of scrubland and pencil lead, and a discrete toasted touch, it is a splendid wine best drunk after being decanted carefully.

What does this wine taste like?

Picota cherry red / Intense / Violet glints
Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Vegetal notes / Roasted notes / Balsamic notes
Flavoursome / Structured / Good acidity / Silky / Mineral notes / Fruit notes / Fresh

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Roasts / Red meats / Meat casseroles / Small game dishes

Ratings and awards

202293-95 PK
202194-96 PK
202094 PK93 SK
201994 PK93 PN93 SK93 WS
201894 PK93 PN93 SK93 DC
201793 PK93 PN92 SK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectatorDC: Decanter

Customer reviews

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The winery

Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios came to the Priorat in 1989, to the town of Gratallops to be precise, following the lead of a group of local producers fully intending to pass on through their wines all the character of this land, full of its own brightness, with the shining Mediterranean sun, the gleaming slate in rocky crags, and brightly-coloured fennel in the olive groves. This is mystic, spiritual country tracing back its past to the Carthusian monks, who worked at cultivating vines...