Wine Priorat DOC "L'Ermita", 2012
Wine attractive ruby color.
The wine has an elegant, but at the same time powerful and mature, well-balanced taste with a well palpable velvety tannins and a fascinating, long aftertaste.
Luxurious aroma of the wine is filled with tones of ripe peach, violet, peat and juicy fruit.
Wine is the perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, steaks, meat, grilled, and aged cheeses.
Cult Spanish wine "L'Ermita" is made from selected grapes Garnacha collected from vines whose age is between 65 and 100 years. These vines give no more than 3-4 clusters, and the total yield is not more than 16 hl per hectare. In the production process "L'Ermita" conducted a complete destemming and soft pressing of grapes. Maceration and fermentation in oak barrels with regular pizhazhem are made using natural yeast. Conducted malolactic fermentation and aging for 18 months in new oak barriques. Before bottling the wine is not filtered.
Since the first issue in 1993 wine "L'Ermita" created a furor in the world of wine and has repeatedly received the highest score of 100 points from the most famous wine experts.
Alvaro Palacios (Alvaro Palacios) - comes from a prestigious family of wine from Rioja, which could easily occupy a major position in the world-famous family winery - Palacios Remondo. However, he decided to go his own way. Alvaro studied oenology in Bordeaux and had the enviable job in the famous winemaker Jean-Pierre Mueksa in Pétrus. Returning to Spain, founded his own winery Alvaro Mediterranean Priorat wine region, south of Barcelona in Tarragona. Together with the authoritative winemaker René Barbier and several partners, he ventured to the project, which was named "Gratallops Project" in honor of a picturesque village of the Priory, where they produced wine. They bought vineyards and produces wines together as long as one is not founded his own farm.
In 1988, Alvaro Gratallops acquired a 12-hectare vineyard. The estate he called Finca Dofí. The first vintage of wine in 1989 was well received by the Spanish wine critics, and in 1993 about the new wines from Priorat and learned outside of Spain. In 1993 he entered the market wine L'Ermita, which immediately created a furor. Another wine, Las Terrasses, which produces Alvaro Palacios, made from grapes purchased from local farms. The average age of the vines - 65-70 years. In 2007, the line of prestigious wines of Alvaro Palacios replenished Camins del Priorat.
In 1997, Palacios added onto his own winery, which uses the best equipment. A lot of attention is paid to the care of the vineyards. For each hectare It should be a separate people. All work carried out by hand, and harvested grapes supplied to the village by mule.
Alvaro is a representative of the "new generation" of Spanish wine. From the beginning, his goal was to create a world-class wines. Succeeded him in full. Produced wines have earned him cult status and received the highest awards and ratings from the most respected publications. John Radford, Spanish wine expert, said: " Les Terrasses - excellent wine, Finca Dofí - outstanding, and L'Ermita - incredible. "