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Monday, March 26, 2012
March 19/21: Alvaro Palacios leads structured tasting at RCYC St. George
The Date and Time: Monday, March 19, 2012
The Event: A tutored tasting with Alvaro Palacios talking about 11 wines from all three Palacios properties in Spain.
The Venue: RCYC St. George Club House
The Target Audience: wine writers and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: all the wines are available through private orders with the agent, Woodman Wines & Spirits Inc.
The Quote/Background: there was some talk about viura being the new chardonnay. In the main, Alvaro did a great job in explaining the terroir and the vinification processes over the course of 90 minutes.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Palacios Remondo Rioja Propiedad 2008, $39 My FAVE of the tasting
-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses 2010, $45
-Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Las Lamas 2009, $116
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2010, $66 [2008 is in the May Classics Catalog, same price]
-Palacios Remondo Rioja La Montesa 2009, $21
-Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Petalos del Bierzo 2010, $26
-Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Villa de Corullon 2009, $49
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Camins del Priorat 2010, $26
-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2009, $90
-Palacios Remondo Rioja Placet 2009, $32[white]
-Palacios Remondo Rioja La Vendimia 2011, $17 [red]
The Food: a light lunch of sliders with beef, whitefish, pizza, salad.
The Downside: it was very warm in the room.
The Upside: it was packed with well over 45 people.