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1999 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita Priorat
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91-93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2000

Saturated ruby. Reduced, musky aromas of raspberry, currant, mocha, menthol and game. Chewy and ripe, with excellent structure and acidity but less sheer density than the '98. Intensely flavored but not yet expressive. The tannins here come across as chewier and a bit tougher as there's not quite as much buffering extract as in the amazing '98. But this should be strong. (The Rare Wine Co., Sonoma, CA)

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