Alvaro Palacios (375 ml) 2018 Priorat, Finca Dofi, DOCa

Alvaro Palacios (375 ml) 2018 Priorat, Finca Dofi, DOCa

Item Number: 14555

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Priorat
Appellation/AVA: Priorat DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 90% Garnacha / 8% Cariñena / 2% White Grapes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Schist

Winemaking Notes: After being destemmed and lightly crushed, fruit ferments spontaneously with native yeast in oak vats with punch down. Malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. The Dofi is aged in oak for 16 months.

95pts (2017 Vintage) The Wine Advocate 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."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96+ (6/18/2020)

    The origin of everything here and the first single-vineyard red, 2018 Finca Dofí excels in 2018. Those 10 hectares planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops are mostly Garnacha, but the wine also has some 8% Cariñena and 2% white grapes. They all fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. This is the refined version of the Gratallops (the vineyard is in the village!) but with an extra degree in depth and complexity, especially nuance and elegance, showcasing the captivating finesse and harmony of the vintage, which is a little in the style of the 2016 with more energy. I see that these 2018s are quite transparent and show the style of the zone, the iron soils, the dusty roads and the warmth of the soils; it's round and lush, spherical but with a spike of freshness. The élevage has been polished so as to render it almost invisible. This is drinkable now, and I think it's also going to age nicely in bottle and drink nicely throughout its life. 29,540 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.