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1998 Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita Velyes Vinyes Priorat
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96(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2001

($220) Full deep ruby. Great brooding nose of black and red fruit liqueur, spices and flowers. Like liquid velvet in the mouth, but with bracing acids giving it a three-dimensional texture. A wine of uncanny chewy depth. Firmly structured and youthfully unevolved, but already quite explosive on the back half. Finishes with major dusty-but-ripe tannins and extraordinary persistence. Late hints of cassis and shoe polish. A great vintage for this wine, in need of at least five or six years of additional bottle aging. (The Rare Wine Co., Sonoma, CA)

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