Álvaro Palacios is one of a group of winemakers credited with putting Priorat back on the viticultural map. After studying winemaking in Bordeaux and a subsequent stint working at Château Petrus, Álvaro decided not to return to his family winery in Rioja. Instead, he followed a group of intrepid winemakers, including René Barbier, to the rugged and forgotten region of Priorat. This was the 1980s. Nowadays, Álvaro makes some of the most highly regarded and sought-after wines in the region, whether it’s from his Finca Dofí vineyard (the first vineyard he acquired, in 1990) or the region’s most famous wine, L’Ermita, the first wine to use the Gran Vinya Classificada (Grand Cru equivalent) qualification.
Camins del Priorat allows one to sample the style of Palacios Priorat without having to spend the serious figures required to purchase the icon, L’Ermita. A blend of Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Merlot; Camins is a a full bodied red with great freshness. Aromas of liquorice, red currant and blackberry. The palate is broad and velvety with a long and spicy finish. Try pairinng with roast beef with english mustard.