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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 9 
TypeRed
ProducerAlvaro Palacios
VarietyRed Blend
DesignationL'Ermita
Vineyardn/a
CountrySpain
RegionCatalunya
SubRegionn/a
AppellationPriorat

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2016 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Palacios L`Ermita on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.9 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 19 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Frank Schneider on 7/19/2015 & rated 92 points: nice but not enough fruit for the acid. Maybe too young ??? But nontheless definitly not worth the price !!! sell (82 views)
 Tasted by DBrinkmann on 3/7/2015 & rated 93 points: Priorat Tasting (Private Location): Beautiful clear, deep ruby color. Clean nose with a bunch of medium+ intense flavors of leather, smoke, spices, red and dark fruits.
It is dry, with medium+ acidity, medium+ fine grained and well integrated tannins, 13,5% alcohol, medium+ bodied and pronounced flavors of dark cherries, spices, oak. Medium+ finish.
Very elegant. At its peak, I doubt it gets any better, but it will stay there for some more years. (430 views)
 Tasted by Uncle John on 3/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Beautiful wine with such class. This was all about subtle fine textures. Great showing tonight with 3 month aged rib steak and mashed celery root. (1207 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 3/30/2013: As dark and as black as night. Smells amazing off the cork pull -- black cherries, graphite,violets, high and low tones. Palate is soft and silky smooth, goes down like water. Now this is a great Priorat. Wow. Not really amped up like some Priorats either. Great stuff. (2189 views)
 Tasted by M.Batard on 1/11/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted 1.5 hours before (lots of sediment) Deep purple color. Black raspberry and smoked meat. Luscious fruit and spice. Savory. Luxurious mouthfeel. Long finish. (2246 views)
 Tasted by DonWinspear on 8/19/2012 & rated 94 points: Delicate nose that hints at old world elegance. Cassis and oak are predominant with some additional hints of forest floor, truffle. Palate is gorgeous. So typical of Palacios. Gorgeous dark fruit with complementary notes of minerality, spice box. Hint of tobacco, vanilla bean. This wine went up against an 04 Harlan and absolutely held its own. Beautiful long finish that begged for another sip. (2794 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 7/1/2011 & rated 93 points: Berry, cassis, mineral, licorice nose that is fresh and refined. Little perceptible oak, sleek tannins, pure mineral and fruit palate that is very sexy. Luscious but restrained. Not quite what I expected but a pleasant surprise! (3545 views)
 Tasted by robmatic on 6/26/2011 & rated 94 points: Spice & minerals, still showing quite a bit of tannins; Extracted ripe fruit with mocha overtones. Polished and balanced, very enjoyable juice. (3013 views)
 Tasted by Morningstar on 12/13/2010 & rated 90 points: Rich and concentrated; big; still young (2584 views)
 Tasted by KBeger on 4/3/2010: At Volker's birthday. Colour: Deep purple. Nose: Blackberries, dark fruit, a hint of cassis (from the 10% cabernet in this blend). Palate: Dark berries, fruit, tobacco, cedar. Very complex. Everything in perfect balance, but the wine shows character (no sweetness whatsoever), awesome concentration, never had something like it before. Finish: Loooong. At absolute peak, will soon be over the top. One of the best wines for me so far! (19.5 Points) (2595 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 11/18/2009 & rated 94 points: RUSSK Favorite from the WW Spanish Tasting (Manny's) Mature bourdeaux taste. (2834 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 7/6/2009: compared with the 2002 l'ermita, much darker in it's fruit profile. almost wants to cry 'raisin.' bigger, darker and deeper fruit. (2806 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 5/30/2009: Found this a bit of a new experience for me. I was expecting big, lavish oak and massively concentrated fruit. What I got was minerality, deft acidity, great complexity and 13.5% alchohol. It was quite a good wine but I am not sure I would purchase it again at $300. Will hopefully taste again soon in a more comparison setting. (2851 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 5/29/2009: Waterford slides to Hinterland. (Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub, Milwaukee): big and dark black fruits to the nose. steak and blood aroma flies off the nose. the bloody seems tied to an iron like mineral expression wrapped in the meatiness and steak of the nose. elegant anise - (i must start finding more descriptors for this.) rustic palate of tabacco and again dark black fruits. relatively youthful structure. (3081 views)
 Tasted by noppakit s. on 5/7/2009 & rated 92 points: My first time with this wine. What can I say ?

I, myself, always love drinking Spanish wine but I have no experience with L'Ermita so I don't exactly know the right way to enjoy it. Anyway, deep, bright purple-rad seductive colour. Clean and elegant nose of something, the good combination scent, hints of dramatic Spanish wine surrounded and a tiny little but lovely beautiful Lavender powder. This must be good, right ?

The texture is silky but dense, lovely tight but not full-bodied. Tannin is delicate but firm, well-rounded with mineral-express. Balance is nice too. Seem like it's not widely opened but this is pretty good to me.( Testing along with the delicious and more aggressive Vocalnic Hill 2001 )

Aftertaste is soft and smooth, not too deep, not that long but tender and warm.......welcome.

Drink 2011 - 2022 (3073 views)
 Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 5/1/2009 & rated 92 points: Riesling & Priorato Offline (Anthony's Piazza, Leeds): Excellent nose - very elegant black fruits with a bit of tobacco. Lovely palate, with great restraint. A very noble feel. (3421 views)
 Tasted by viscalbarsa on 10/20/2007 & rated 92 points: 10/19/2007 Lo bebimos con un revuelto de huevos y setas con trufa fresca, y me parecio que la comida era un poco insubstancial para tanto vino. La nariz incluia cuero, tabaco y regaliz?,muy sobrio y muy estructurado, en el paladar enorme cuerpo, pero duracion limitada. No me parecio que tuviera que ganar mucho con el tiempo, pero puedo estar equivocado. (3212 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 7/21/2007 & rated 94 points: Summer Dinner at Tapawingo (Tapawingo): Opaque midnight color. Soaring aroma of black fruit, tar, and leather. Wow, this is really potent stuff. A really nice balance between new world richness and old world structure. Black fruits with mocha notes and a long coffee finish. This was probably just at the very front end of the drinking window and will still benefit from several more years in bottle (and last much longer). (4047 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/23/2004)
(Álvaro Palacios, L'Ermita Priorat Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2001, IWC Issue #99
(Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita Velyes Vinyes Priorat) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92
(Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita Priorat) Subscribe to see review text.
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Red Blend

Red Blend is used for any combination of red grapes that does not fit into CellarTracker's preset blends (Red Bordeaux Blend, etc). Actual blend composition for a given wine should be entered under the per wine or per wine vintage wiki articles.

Spain

Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.

Priorat

About 100 kilometers from Barcelona, Priorat originated as a distinct recognized wine region in 1932, and was approved in 1954.

 
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