2018 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita (750ml)

Grenache from Priorat, Catalonia, Spain


The flagship 2018 L'Ermita is already classified as Gran Vinya Classificada, the new category of Grand Cru vineyards from the Priorat appellation of origin. Like the 2017, the blend here is mostly Garnacha with about 20% Cariñena (the highest for this wine) and 2% of white grapes that fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats with a maceration of 56 days and matured in oak barrels of different sizes for 14 months. The grapes were picked quite late but on the same date as the previous year, the 17th of October, because the vineyard is so regular. The wine is aromatic, intense and elegant, with a lifted nose, a high-pitched note of violet pastille, more refined than the Aubaguetes and Baixada. It is classical and proportioned, with contained and complex aromas and flavors and lots of energy, light in its feel but with inner power and strength. As with most great wines, it should develop nicely and for a long time in bottle but will drink well throughout its life. Grand vin, yes. 2,440 bottles were filled in April 2020.

99 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)

So perfumed with violets, lavender and purple fruit, as well as slate. Full-bodied with tight, polished tannins that are layered and compact at the same time. Chewy, yet refined. Superb finesse and precision. Drink after 2022.

98 points, James Suckling (Nov 2020)

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