The 2015 Finca Dofi also has a wonderful fragrance but is a very different expression to the Gratallops. Macerated red fruit dominates here bringing a richness and a luscious quality to the wine. The mouthfeel is concentrated and sensual yet the wine is still incredibly fresh with classic Priorat notes of nectarine, pomegranate and grapefruit peel adding a lively vibrancy. The brown slate of Finca Dofi makes it the warmest site of the single vineyard wines, and it really is rather gorgeous.
95% Garnacha, 4% Samsó (Carignan), 1% white varieties.
"This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold." 97 pts James Suckling Jan 2018
Retail price £52.75 Per bottle
|Case Qty: 3||Under Bond Case Price: £108.00 (£36.00 per bottle)|
The 2015 Gratallops is an incredibly fragrant wine. A field blend of 85% Garnacha, 13% Samsó (Carignan) and 2% white varieties such as Garnacha Blanca, it is almost Syrah-like on the nose with hints of violets and dark cherries. The palate displays a similar Syrah quality with a wonderful mineral note of granite and a herbaceous freshness, yet a broader texture and lovely weight on the palate denotes its Priorat origins. This may be the Village offering of the Priorat range but with a yield of only 12.75hl/ha it is hardly surprising that it is a beautifully crafted, long and superbly elegant wine.
"A beautiful focus and brightness to the Priorat with blueberry, blackberry and mineral character. Medium body, extremely fine-grained tannins and a clean finish. Perfumed. Drink or hold. " 94 pts James Suckling
Retail price £39.75 Per bottle
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L'Ermita, the 1.40ha jewel in the Priorat crown, is just beautiful in 2015. Made from vines ranging from 76- to 105-years old, this has an exceptional perfume of red and black cherries, tangerine peel and exotic spice. The fragrant sensation continues on the palate with notes of cherry blossom allied to the dark fruit and mineral notes of wet granite. This is one of those rare wines that manages to combine a round and luscious texture with a linear, lean and fresh profile on the palate. It is a harmonious, complete wine with an incredibly long finish. Álvaro refers to this as 'a contained force' and a 'live elixir'; there is no denying L'Ermita's place as one of the best wines in the world and in 2015 it is truly exceptional.
"Aromas of blueberry, purple fruits, violet petal, blue slate ... moss. Full body yet compacted and compressed with amazing mouthfeel of fine-grained tannins. Structured yet superbly balanced making it so attractive now. 2,300 bottles made. Drink or hold." 98 pts James Suckling Jan 2018
Retail price £750.00 Per bottle
|Case Qty: 3||Under Bond Case Price: £1,599.00 (£533.00 per bottle)|
"Beautiful nose of crushed raspberries and plums with floral and stony undertones. Slate,too. Full body, a great velvety tannin structure and wonderful harmony. Incredible purity. Long, fresh and flavourful finish. Drink now or hold." 94 points James Suckling
Retail price £32.99 Per bottle
|Case Qty: 6||Under Bond Case Price: £128.00 (£21.33 per bottle)|
At 97%, La Faraona contains the highest proportion of Mencia of all the Descendientes de J. Palacios wines. That, along with the tiny vineyard area of 0.55ha at 970m altitude on poor, volcanic soils has produced a wonderful wine in 2015 that is fine, direct and straight as an arrow. The perfume is not quite as lifted yet as the Moncerbal but it is so elegant, so very fresh that it is a delight to taste, with black cherries and granite notes complementing each other superbly. Ricardo points out that there is a lovely bitter almond note to the nose in 2015 which is usually only present whilst the wine is still in barrel. This is an exceptionally beautiful wine with harmony, integrity and sheer sophistication.
"The very complete, exuberant, aromatic and ever-changing in the glass 2015 La Faraona was tough competition for the perfect 2014. Originally, half of the vines from La Faraona were white varieties; after regrafting for five years, the regrafted vines have produced grapes, so yields and production figures are a lot higher. There was a big fire next to La Faraona a couple of months before they harvested, and they feared the wine would show some smoky notes, but fortunately, it does not. It felt very balanced, keeping the freshness, very obviously young but approachable now. Ricardo Pérez Palacios prefers this 2015 to the 2014, but today I give the 2014 the edge. But let's see if we can compare them again in ten years time..." 99 pts Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"This has so much iron and blood character with dark fruit and spice. Intense aromas. Full body with an endless depth and structure. The chewy, yet fine-grained tannins are fantastic. A great, classic wine. Handmade from some of the steepest vineyards in the world. 1,700 bottles. Drink in 2020 and onwards." 99 pts James Suckling
Retail price £695.00 Per bottle
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"A pure garnacha that shows incredible depth and freshness with strawberry and berry character. Plush on the entrance, it turns precise and focused at the finish. Vivid and bright. Drink now." 94 pts James Suckling Jan 2018
Retail price £32.49 Per bottle
|Case Qty: 6||Under Bond Case Price: £124.00 (£20.67 per bottle)|
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