Alvaro Palacios 2017 Priorat, Finca Dofi, DOCa
Item Number: 13656
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Finca Dofi
Grape(s): Garnacha / 8% Cariñena / 1% White Grapes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Slate
Elevation: 300 to 320 meters
Vintage Notes: 2017 was a drought year in which there will be a lot of variation in quality. Many young vineyards, and those planted with non-native varieties, suffered from heat and lack of water. Perhaps not surprisingly, Palacios’ old Garnacha and Samsó (Cariñena) vines weathered the conditions well. Yields were down due to very small berries, but the resulting wines have freshness, fully-ripe flavors, and some of the lowest pHs he’s ever had.
Alvaro has long talked about how the early monks prized north-facing vineyards, but one more factor he’s been pursuing is the monks’ love of vineyards that capture the garbinada – the afternoon sea breeze off the Mediterranean. In 2017, Alvaro believes that many of these vineyards also thrived despite the drought.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes ferment in oak vats with indigenous yeast after being destemmed and lightly crushed. It matures in large oak barrels for 16 months.
95pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 4/2019
"A highly perfumed and impressively complex bouquet displays an array of ripe red/blue fruits, exotic spices, licorice candy, vanilla, cola and smoky minerals, with a suave floral topnote that gains strength with air. Stains the palate with sweet black raspberry, cherry-cola, star anise, mocha and floral pastille flavors that are braced and lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on the long, floral-dominated finish, which is given shape and final grip by fine-grained, even tannins. This wine's blend of richness and vivacity is really impressive."