Over the past twenty years, the Spanish wine region of Priorat has become a global force in producing full-bodied, dense, oaked, modern style wines. This region outside of Barcelona is also known for how crazy expensive the top wines can be. Take for example Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 2013, it's a perfect 100 points from the Wine Advocate, but it's $2,000 a bottle on release! Using mostly estate vineyards in and around the famed village of Gratallops. Mostly Garnacha with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah providing power and structure, this is a refined and inviting introduction to the world of Palacios and Priorat!
"Hints of stewed herbs to the nicely baked cherries, strawberries and some hibiscus and dark spices. Fruity, medium-bodied on the palate with fine-grained tannins and a fresh, medium-long finish. Drink now." James Suckling, 91 Points