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Álvaro Palacios Finca Dofi, 2017, Priorat, Catalonia, Spain

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A gorgeous grenache from Priorat in Spain - Álvaro Palacios is a very well respected winemaker in the region and this red is a great example of the quality of red wines that can be produced in the region.  An order of 3 bottles will come with the original wooden case. 

The Wine:

Álvaro Palacios is one of a group of winemakers credited with putting Priorat back on the viticultural map. In the 1980's, after studying winemaking in Bordeaux and a subsequent stint working at Château Petrus, Álvaro decided not to return to his family winery in Rioja. Instead, he followed a group of intrepid winemakers, including René Barbier, to the region of Priorat. 

Álvaro makes some of the most highly regarded and sought-after wines in the region, such as this Finca Dofí, made from the first vineyard he acquired in 1990. The Finca Dofi is perfumed and is the epitomy of elegance in a glass. ready to drink no or will continue to age well for several years to come. 

Álvaro's work on redefining the Priorat classification has been very important in helping to elevate individual villages and vineyards in this region. The focus now is very much on grapes such as Garnacha and Cariñena (locally known as Samsó), both much better suited to expressing the characteristics of this rugged terroir and its licorella soils. Álvaro's Priorat wines are elegant, always profoundly layered, mineral, and expressive. 

Tasting Note:

A bright and juicy wine radiating notes of red cherry, wild Mediterranean herbs, earth and slatey minerality derived form the Licorella soils. It is smooth on the palate with exceptionally fine tannins and a wonderful freshness.

(Organic)

The Facts:

Wine

Finca Dofi

Vintage

2017

Style

Red Wine

Grape Variety

 

91% Garnacha (Grenache) / 8% Carinena / 1% White grapes

Alcohol Content

14.5%

Closure

Natural Cork

Bottle Size

750ml

 

What the critics say:

95 Points - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate: 

"The single-vineyard 2017 Finca Dofí comes from ten hectares that were planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops. It's mostly Garnacha with 8% Cariñena and 1% white grapes that fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. It matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. There is no trace of oak in the wines, and there are no edges; they all feel sleek and elegant. This Dofí expresses the Mediterranean vintage from this vineyard at 300 to 320 meters in altitude, where the slate has a lot of iron, which turns the soils red and makes round and velvety wines, with flavors of red cherries, cherry pit, nectarines and even blood orange. The warm soils are compensated by mostly northern exposures. The palate has volume and is juicy, sensual and velvety, with some fine-grained tannins that currently call for food. It makes for a very gastronomical red. 29,700 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2019. In 2018, there will be a separate bottling from one hectare of pure north-exposition grapes from Dofí, a new wine called La Baixada". 

94 Points - James Suckling: 

"This is so perfumed and floral; it just rises out of the glass with crushed berries, strawberries and violets. Medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins. Lovely length and brightness for this hot and dry vintage. Drink or hold". (July 2019)

94 Points - Wine Spectator: 

"This big red is broad and firm. Muscular tannins support the ripe flavors of plum, currant and fig, while tangy acidity keeps this lively and focused. Black olive, dark chocolate, pine and loamy earth notes add interest to this brooding, balanced wine". (May 2020)

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