Palacio & Palacios Sale

Palacio Quemado - Bodegas Alvear
Vineyards in Extremadura

5% off any 6-11 in-stock Palacio/Palacios wines
10% off any 12 or more in-stock Palacio/Palacio wines
Sale ends Wednesday March 27th at 9AM PST

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The wines featured below are all wines included in the sale.

Last Sunday we did a spotlight sale on the grape of Mencia and featured several wineries that are helping to reinvent the identity of Spain. The party will continue this week for many of those bottles as we continue to discount the wines of Alvaro Palacios. Alongside him we’d like to introduce another Spanish wine label we’re impressed with: Bodegas Alvear Palacio. We’ve got a Tale of Two Palacio(s) on our hands.

Per usual, until 9AM PST on Wednesday we’ll have these wines on discount for you and I’d recommend placing an order early before they get gobbled up.

Available Alvear Palacio Wines:

Alvear Palacio is the oldest wine name in all of Andalucia. The Quemado project is based in the region of Extremadura Alentejana working with exotic grapes like Trincadeira Prieta (normally reserved for port) alongside classic garnacha and Touriga Nacional. These wines offer an unmatched value for pure drinking pleasure with pronounced sun-kissed dark fruit aromas and juicy acidity. The aim of the label is to deeply express the nuances of single-vineyard sites, and the Alvear family enlisted the Envinate group in 2010 to be their winemaking force to this end. You may recall in a recent newsletter our focus on Envinate, a company cooperative that focuses on exploring the potential of parcels mainly in the Atlantic-influenced regions of Ribeira Sacra, Extremadura and the Canary Islands. This is stuff you’ll want a case of.
Alvear - Bodegas Alvear
Cellars of Alvear Palacio in Montilla

Alvear Palacio Quemado La Zarcita Extremadura 2018 750ml $16 special, 35 bottles available
Vinous 91 points “Opaque magenta. Red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the expressive nose. Supple and appealingly sweet, offering spice-accented raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a musky hint of licorice. Finishes long and juicy, with repeating florality and gentle tannins adding final grip.”
VinopolNote: A vineyard blend of the rich and dark Port grapes Trincadeira Prieta and Touriga Nacional in addition to Garnacha and Syrah

Alvear Palacio Quemado Los Acilates Extremadura 2016 750ml $24 special, 36+ bottles available
Vinous 93 points “Deep, shimmering ruby. A pungent, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh cherry, boysenberry and exotic spices, along with a suave floral overtone. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and a suggestion of baking spices. The impressively long, sweet, floral-tinged finish is shaped by fine-grained tannins that fold smoothly into the wine’s vibrant fruit.”
Wine Advocate 92 points “The elegant, floral and perfumed 2016 Los Acilates reflected a cooler year with a longer growing season, which resulted in higher yields that achieved perfect ripeness. The aromas and flavors are precise and pure, and there is a sense of harmony that I like very much. The spectrum of aromas is about red fruit and flowers with just a pinch of spices. The palate is very elegant, with fine-grained tannins and a dry, chalky texture that I often associate with limestone soils. Delicious! 7,000 bottles produced.”
VinopolNote: Trincadeira Prieta & Touriga Nacional.

Available Alvaro Palacios Wines:

Alvaro Palacios just can’t make bad wine. Everything this estate touches turns to gold and is supported by some of the top winemaking in Spain. Their Bierzo bottlings are structured with lots of velvety texture that speaks of long ageability. Alvaro along with a few other vintners restored the mencia variety’s appeal in the 1990s by reclaiming old vine vineyards in Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra and implementing modern fine winemaking approaches in the vineyard and the cellar to coax the best out of it. The winery is just as famous for the quality it’s delivering on the opposite side of the country in Priorat. In the Llicorella soils of this region Palacios is producing garnacha driven wines of compelling structure and opulent spiced fruit.

Descendientes de J. Palacios Moncerbal, Bierzo 2020 750ml $149 special, 6 bottles available
Wine Advocate 97 points   “I find the 2020 Moncerbal a little more closed than the other 2020s, darker and serious. It’s still moderately ripe, with 13.8% alcohol, sweet tannins and a soft texture. Today, it shows a little austere and very calm?????it whispers. It’s quite discreet. It was bottled in October 2021, during the 2021 harvest. This is already certified organic from 2020 onward. Approachable already. 5,000 bottles were filled in October 2021. These wines were usually bottled in January/February of the following year, so in 2020 they had a shorter ??levage in barrel. The wines were ready earlier. Drink Date 2022-2030”

Descendientes de J. Palacios Moncerbal, Bierzo 2021 750ml $159 special, 6 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98 points  “The ultra elegant, sleek and mineral 2021 Moncerbal has amazing freshness, ultra refined tannins and lots of complexity, with layers and layers of flavors and aromas and great depth. There is a sense of harmony here that is captivating—this is pure elegance. It is floral, perfumed and velvety with very fine, chalky tannins and a sapid finish. 4,463 bottles, 107 magnums and some larger formats were filled in December 2022.”

Ricardo Perez, winemaker and nephew of Alvaro
Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos, Bierzo 2021 750ml $21.90 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 93+ points  “2021 is clearly the finest vintage of the trio of 2020, 2021 and 2022, and the bottled 2021 Pétalos delivers what the unbottled samples promised: a wine with lower alcohol than ever (13.5%), lighter, a little narrower but with the juiciness of Mencía that seems to come back after some time in bottle. It has lots of notes of aromatic herbs, with some similar aromas to the La Faraona. It’s quite expressive and showy, very pleasant and easy to drink, very gourmand, with a velvety mouthfeel and very fine tannins. 320,000 bottles and 2,567 magnums produced. It was bottled between November 2022 and March 2023. Approachable now, very hedonistic.”

Descendientes de J. Palacios Corullon, Bierzo 2021 750ml $54.50 special, 15 bottles available
Wine Advocate 97 points  “The vino de villa village red 2021 Corullón is extremely floral and elegant, clean, precise, fresh and very complete and harmonious, with a super elegant mouthfeel and a very long finish. 19,716 bottles and some smaller and larger formats produced. It was bottled in January 2022. This is super balanced and is aging slowly, with potential to age much more.”

Descendientes de J. Palacios Las Lamas, Bierzo 2019 750ml $149 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 97 points  “The grapes used for the 2019 Las Lamas come from a selection of 1.75 hectares they own in the paraje in the village of Corullón, not far from the winery that gives this wine its name. This is a south-facing location with a tendency to good ripeness and generous wines. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a combination of oak barrels and foudres for eight months. This is the prototype of a wine from clay-rich soils; it’s round and vinous, refreshed by the altitude and the slate. This is more lactic than the Moncerbal, very classical and with fine but grainy tannins. Whatever it is, with years in bottle, this is more vinous and rounder and the Moncerbal is sharper. 5,520 bottles, 118 magnums and some larger formats produced.”

Alvaro Palacios ‘Les Terrasses’ Velles Vinyes, Priorat DOCa 2019 750ml $34.50 special, 16 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 points “The regional 2019 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes was produced with a blend of grapes from 80 plots in eight villages from Priorat, 82% Garnacha with 17% Cariñena and 1% white grapes, a year unusually high in Garnacha and unusually low in Cariñena that suffered a lot from the heat. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. What happened here is that Cariñena was burned by a heat spike of 43 degrees Celsius on the 28th of June, and there was a wildfire in Montsant that perhaps could have warmed things up even more. I think there might be a change toward more Garnacha and elegance in the wines from Álvaro Palacios in Priorat, as this is brighter and less rustic than this wine used to be, more polished, perfumed and fine. The year of heat and drought. 101,600 bottles produced.”
Wine Spectator 93 points “A juicy red, offering raspberry ganache and red licorice flavors, a fragrant skein of dried sage and milled white pepper and rich hints of smoke and toast. This concentrated, medium- to full-bodied version remains fresh and focused, thanks to the tang of orange peel acidity and fine, taut tannins. Garnacha and Samsó. Drink now through 2028. 8,200 cases made.”
PALACIOS BIERZO PETALOS 2021 $21.90 36+ Link
PALACIOS CORULLON 2021 $54.50 15 Link
PALACIOS LAS LAMAS 2019 750ML $149.00 3 Link
PALACIOS TERRASSES VV 2019 $34.50 16 Link