Alvaro Palacios - 1995 - L'Ermita - 750 ml.
Spain - Catalonia - Priorat
Red - Vintage: 1995 - Size: 750 ml.
Alvaro Palacios is a Priorat winemaker established in 1990, when Alvaro Palacios bought his first vineyard, Finca Dofi. Palacios comes from a well-known winemaking family and he studied in Bordeaux before launching his own winery. The signature wines are Finca Dofi and L'Ermita. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that ÒL'Ermita comes from a parcel of 70-year-old vines of which 85% is Garnacha; the balance Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a benchmark for a great Priorat."
A clone of the 1994, the 1995 L'Ermita does not reveal quite the power and density of its older sibling, but that is a tough call ... especially at this age. The color is an opaque purple, and the wine displays more pain grille, grilled jus de viande, blackberry, and floral notes in its aromatics, which seem slightly more evolved than the 1994's. In the mouth, the 1995 is deep, powerful, and rich, with low acidity, better sweetness and integration of tannin (only when compared to the massive 1994), layers of extract and flavor, and a 40-second finish. It is a remarkable wine with formidable style, intensity, and flavor. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.