Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2004

Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2004To celebrate the ability to taste and smell again, I double decanted a couple of bottles and headed down to La Luna in Carlton for lunch with the lads yesterday.

This is a regional blend from Alvaro Palacios in Priorat, all of the grapes are bought in and its rumoured that he pays 3 times the going rate to get the best possible selection of fruit for this wine.  The blend is 40% Garnacha, 40% Carinena and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and the wine sees 12 months in oak.

Initially quite reserved on the nose, it opens up with blackberry and  dark cherry fruit and adds cinnamon initially.  With some more air, a pleasant sooty aspect appears.  Well balanced and refined in the mouth with a good hit of acid. The soft fruit tannins build into a great texture as the wine opens up.  Lots of complexity with more dark fruits with licorice, crunchy minerals, pepper and spice.  Great length and with more mineral and sour fruit on the finish.  Looks like 04 Priorat is going to be a killer vintage.  91 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Cost: Around $60 Closure: Conventional Cork