Alvaro Palacios _ 2017 - L'Ermita _ 750 ml.
Spain - Priorat
Red - Vintage: 2017 - 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."
There is even more Cariñena in this warm vintage, and the varietal breakdown of the 2017 L'Ermita comes to a majority of Garnacha but with a notable 20% Cariñena and some 2% of white grapes. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and matured in oak barrels of different sizes for 16 months. The grapes were picked on the 18th of October, which is extremely late considering that 2017 was their earliest harvest ever! It has a surprisingly high percentage of Cariñena, the highest ever for L'Ermita, yet the wine feels like the essence of a Mediterranean Garnacha-floral, expressive, open, insinuating, refined and elegant. It has great depth and refined tannins and feels light on its feet, yet it's full of inner power, intense and persistent. It's detailed, nuanced, clean, transparent, focused and pure. The flavors are very precise and clean and the aftertaste extremely long. A truly great L'Ermita, again, transcending the conditions of the vintage. They got 15.2 hectoliters per hectare. 2,900 bottles were filled in May 2019. This will be the first wine to carry the new Priorat classification Gran Viña Clasificada, the equivalent of a Grand Cru in Burgundy.