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2017 Alvaro Palacios "Finca Dofi" Priorat

SKU #1451330 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (LG) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (TM) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

K&L Notes

Alvaro Palacios is one of the founding fathers of modern era Priorat, and his Finca Dofi is based upon primarily Garnacha and roughly 5% Cariñena. Dofi is an impressive vineyard, with stakes supporting the vines, organic cultivation and a marked slope marking this icocnic Gratallops village site. At less than 10% the price of the much more expensive L'Ermita, this is always a very solid deal in a top quality, collectible Spanish red.


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