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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).