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2006 L'Ermita, Alvaro Palacios

L'Ermita, Alvaro Palacios
100% Garnacha in 2006, L’Ermita is made from 60-100 year old vines, farmed at 15 hl/hectare and then aged for 18-19 months in new French barrels. 2006 is the first time that the wine is made exclusively from Garnacha; for me the result is surprisingly supple and approachable. In anticipation of a monolithic monster, a rock of mistanthropic certitude, one is astonished to taste a soft and wonderfully fruity wine, its tannins tightly woven, its colour gently warming and its personality far from hermitic.
Simon Field MW, Fine Wine BuyerAlvaro Palacios


A jaw-dropping price for Palacios’ Grand Vin, but my God it is a beauty. Pure, tight, and seemingly rather light on the nose at first, the concentration of mineral-infused, slightly smoky red fruit begins to come into focus. The palate has fantastic natural concentration with a great core of intense minerality, around which is layered the sweet fruit and shimmering acidity. Wearing its oak and structure lightly, this is serious stuff and probably fairly invincible.
The Wine Gang - Top 20 BBR Wines - July 09Alvaro Palacios


BBR Jancis
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L'Ermita, Alvaro Palacios
100% Garnacha. Sweet oak, soft red fruit, delicate spices, but overall extremely tight on the nose. A kernel of concentrated pure fruit on the palate, savoury spices, leather, liquorice, dried red fruit too, and a meat juice scent. Concentrated but not heavy. Just barely evolving now, very dense and immensely lengthy.
Richard Hemming - jancisrobinson.com - 16-Jan-2008

BBR Jancis
88/20 18/20
L'Ermita, Alvaro Palacios
Product: 944014
Maturity: Drink 2016-2026 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2006
Origin: Spain » Catalonia » Priorat Map of the region
Producer: Alvaro Palacios
Grape Variety: Grenache/Garnacha
Style: Medium Bodied, Dry, 14.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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