Alvaro Palacios 2017 Priorat, Finca Dofi, DOCa

Alvaro Palacios 2017 Priorat, Finca Dofi, DOCa

Item Number: 13656

UPC: 8-429073019665

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Finca Dofi
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): Garnacha / 8% Cariñena / 1% White Grapes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (4/30/2019)

    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. In 2018, there will be a separate bottling from one hectare of pure north-exposition grapes from Dofí, a new wine called La Baixada.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (5/27/2020)

    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. Drink now through 2033.