Alvaro Palacios 2017 Les Terrasses Priorat, Spain
Alvaro Palacios embodies the hope and spirit of 'The New Spain.' Along with Peter Sisseck's Dominio de Pingus, Palacios' L'Ermita is considered by many to be one of the most important Spanish wines of the modern era. One of nine children born to the respected Palacios Remondo family, Alvaro studied enology in Bordeaux, specifically at Chateau Petrus under Jean-Pierre Moueix. It was this experience that defined his philosophy of winemaking and the importance of truly great wines.
Les Terrasses embodies what makes Priorat special. It is sourced from some of the steepest and oldest vineyards - over 100 parcels - here, many of them north-facing, avoiding the intense afternoon sun. The wine is about 60% Garnacha and 40% Samso (Carignan) spending about 10 months in used French oak barrels.
Aromas are of ripe and clean red fruits (cherries, cranberries), with notes of fennel, licorice and oak. Mirrored on the palate with beautiful freshness and richness and dusty tannins. A long and balanced finish brings you back for another sip. Pair with beef, pork and cured meats.