Importer notes from Rare Wine Co.
"Álvaro Palacios arrived in Priorat in 1989 as one of the pioneering 'Gang of Five.' His dazzling 1993 L’Ermita, from an ancient, north-facing vineyard, would help to put the appellation on the map for collectors the world over.As an elder statesman today, he has been instrumental in pushing stricter regulation for the region, and for instituting a hierarchical structure like Burgundy, with Regional, Village, and Cru classifications. From the beginning, Álvaro sought to tease out identity from this historic region. Today, his wines are renowned for capturing not only Priorat’s power, but also its wild personality and elegance.
While originally conceived of as a value wine, Les Terrasses has slowly evolved into Álvaro’s statement of what makes Priorat special. Drawing on 15+ years of study, Terrasses is sourced from many of the region’s steepest and oldest vineyards—many of them north-facing to avoid the intense afternoon sun. Today, Les Terrasses is today perhaps the single finest introduction to Priorat in the marketplace."
Tasting notes from Flor:
Pleasantly integrated classy new oak flavors of mocha and baking spices blend seamlessly with ample black fruit flavors - blackberry and black plum. Star anise and savory, earthy tones persist on a long finish. An excellent introduction to the power, concentration and savory hallmarks of Priorat.