Alvaro Palacios, Quiñon de Valmira, Rioja, Spain 2015
En primeur tasting / Barrel sample
First fruits of Alvaro Palacios’ labours to restore Rioja Baja’s traditional Garnachas to glory. Bush vines, grown at 615m, at the limit of ripening. Shallow red clay soil over calcium carbonate. Alvaro Palacios Quiñon de Valmira 2015 is a pale garnet colour with gloriously floral aromas. Equally seductive palate superbly ripe with a lift of orange peel and grain of dark chocolate. Very refined; Pinot-like. A great beginning; a vineyard to watch.
Indicative price £537 IB x3 bottles. Contact FMV Wines
Taster Sarah Jane Evans MW
This wine was a barrel sample tasted in London on 17 March 2016.