A powerful, yet very refined and enticing wine. Fresh black currant, cherries and dark chocolate with graphite and oaky hints. A savoury finish to complement the fine tannins.
35% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Carignan, 10% Merlot and 3% other varieties
Álvaro Palacios is one of a group of winemakers credited with putting Priorat back on the viticultural map. After studying winemaking in Bordeaux and a subsequent stint working at Château Petrus, Álvaro decided not to return to his family winery in Rioja. Instead, he followed a group of intrepid winemakers, including René Barbier, to the rugged and forgotten region of Priorat. This was the 1980s.
Nowadays, Álvaro makes some of the most highly regarded and sought-after wines in the region, whether it's from his Finca Dofí vineyard (the first vineyard he acquired, in 1990) or the region's most famous wine, L'Ermita, the first wine to use the Gran Vinya Classificada (Grand Cru equivalent) qualification. Álvaro's Priorat wines are elegant, always profoundly layered, mineral, and expressive.