Álvaro Palacios - Finca Dofi - Priorat

97 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
Álvaro Palacios - Finca Dofi - Priorat - 2019 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Álvaro Palacios - Finca Dofi - Priorat

97 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
96 points - The Wine Advocate
95 points - The Wine Advocate
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The single-vineyard red 2019 Finca Dofí comes from the 14 hectares of vines planted across three parajes (lieu-dits) in Gratallops. It's classy, elegant, and fresh with very clean aromas and flavours, not lacking concentration or power. There is superb definition and purity here; it must be the finest and most elegant Dofí to date. It has finer tannins and more elegance than La Baixada this year. The 2018 was fragrant and this has more clout but superb balance. Spherical and velvety.
The single-vineyard 2017 Finca Dofí comes from ten hectares that were planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops. 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 flavours 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.
The single-vineyard 2017 Finca Dofí comes from ten hectares that were planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops. 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 flavours 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.
It feels terribly lively, with a silkiness and purity, terse but at the same time ripe. The oak is very integrated and there is no volatility many associate with Priorat, but the flavours are clearly reminiscent of the old vintages of Dofí but with a much more polished texture. Again, the acidity gives it clout and depth, like claws clinging to you. It ends tasty and very mineral. This feels as good as the other-worldly 2013. A great vintage for Dofí. Elegance in a bottle.
The 2011 Finca Dofi represents a huge jump in quality for this wine. Dofi has mostly fruit from north-facing plots which give it a special freshness, pure red fruit and blood orange, peach, subtle herbs and aniseed with an impressive elegance and balance, round, and velvety tannins, very long and persistent in the finish. The 2011 has a rounder, softer and silkier texture. This is a superb Dofi, much more elegant and subtle than any vintage to date
Type:
Red
Country:
Spain
Region:
Cataluña
Appellation:
Priorat
Producer:
Alvaro Palacios
Grapes/Blend:
Carinena, Garganega
ABV:
14%

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Alvaro Palacios - Onshore Cellars

Alvaro Palacios

Alvaro Palacios is a renowned wine producer from Spain, known for his exceptional wines that are produced in the Priorat region. The Priorat region is located in the...

Alvaro Palacios is a renowned wine producer from Spain, known for his exceptional wines that are produced in the Priorat region. The Priorat region is located in the northeast of Spain, and is known for its rugged terrain and unique soil composition, which makes it an ideal location for producing high-quality wines.

Alvaro Palacios has a long history in the wine industry, having grown up in a family of winemakers. He studied oenology in Bordeaux, France, and then went on to work at some of the most prestigious wineries in the world, including Château Pétrus in Bordeaux and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy.

In 1989, Alvaro Palacios returned to Spain and founded his own winery in the Priorat region. He was one of the pioneers of the region, and his wines quickly gained a reputation for their exceptional quality. Alvaro Palacios is known for his commitment to producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Priorat region, and he uses traditional winemaking techniques to achieve this.

The wines produced by Alvaro Palacios are typically made from the Garnacha and Cariñena grape varieties, which are well-suited to the hot and dry climate of the Priorat region. The wines are known for their intense fruit flavors, complex aromas, and firm tannins. Alvaro Palacios produces a range of wines, from entry-level wines that are accessible to a wide audience, to high-end wines that are sought after by collectors around the world.

One of the most famous wines produced by Alvaro Palacios is the L'Ermita, which is made from old-vine Garnacha grapes grown on steep slopes in the Priorat region. This wine is considered to be one of the best wines in Spain, and is highly sought after by collectors. Other notable wines produced by Alvaro Palacios include the Les Terrasses, which is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena grapes, and the Finca Dofi, which is made from old-vine Garnacha and Cariñena grapes.

Alvaro Palacios is a true master of winemaking, and his wines are a testament to his skill and dedication. His commitment to producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Priorat region has earned him a reputation as one of the best winemakers in Spain, and his wines are highly sought after by wine lovers around the world.

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Cataluña

Cataluña

Cataluña, or Catalonia, is a vibrant and diverse wine region in northeastern Spain, renowned for its wide range of wine styles and microclimates. This region encompasses several Denominaciones...
Cataluña, or Catalonia, is a vibrant and diverse wine region in northeastern Spain, renowned for its wide range of wine styles and microclimates. This region encompasses several Denominaciones de Origen (DOs), including the famous DO Penedès, known for its innovative white and red wines, and DO Priorat, highly acclaimed for its powerful and intense red wines. Catalonia is also the heartland of Cava, the Spanish sparkling wine, primarily produced in the Penedès area.

Catalonia's geography is varied, featuring coastal areas, extensive valleys, and rugged mountains, which contribute to the distinct terroirs found within its boundaries. The Mediterranean climate generally offers warm, dry summers and mild winters, ideal for viticulture, with variations in temperature and rainfall influenced by altitude and proximity to the sea.

The region produces a multitude of wine varieties, with an emphasis on both indigenous and international grape types. Traditional red varieties include Garnacha (Grenache) and Cariñena (Carignan), particularly prominent in Priorat and Montsant, where old vines contribute depth and complexity to the wines. For whites, varieties such as Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada are prominent, especially in the production of Cava.

Catalonia's wine production is characterized by a blend of tradition and innovation, with many producers experimenting with new techniques and sustainable practices while respecting their heritage. This dynamic approach, combined with the rich cultural history of the region, makes Catalonian wines truly unique and highly sought after in the global wine market.
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Priorat

Priorat

Priorat is a wine region located in Catalonia, Spain. The region is known for producing high-quality red wines that are full-bodied and complex. The history of winemaking in...

Priorat is a wine region located in Catalonia, Spain. The region is known for producing high-quality red wines that are full-bodied and complex. The history of winemaking in Priorat dates back to the 12th century when monks from the Carthusian monastery of Scala Dei began cultivating grapes in the area. The region's unique terroir, which is characterized by steep slopes, slate soils, and a Mediterranean climate, contributes to the distinctive character of Priorat wines.

The production of Priorat wines is highly regulated, with strict rules governing grape varieties, yields, and winemaking techniques. The primary grape varieties used in Priorat wines are Garnacha and Cariñena, although other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot are also permitted. The wines are typically aged in oak barrels for extended periods, which adds complexity and depth to the final product.

Priorat wines are known for their intense aromas and flavors, which often include notes of black fruit, licorice, and spices. The wines are also characterized by their high tannin levels, which give them a firm structure and the ability to age for many years. Priorat wines are often compared to those from the nearby region of Rioja, although they are generally considered to be more full-bodied and complex.

Some of the top producers of Priorat wines include Alvaro Palacios, Clos Mogador, and Mas Martinet. These producers are known for their commitment to quality and their use of traditional winemaking techniques. Their wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world.

In addition to red wines, Priorat is also known for producing a small amount of white wine. The white wines are made from Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo grapes and are typically light and refreshing with citrus and floral notes.

Overall, Priorat is a region that is steeped in history and tradition. Its unique terroir and strict winemaking regulations have helped to produce some of the world's most sought-after wines. Whether you are a seasoned wine collector or a casual enthusiast, a bottle of Priorat wine is sure to impress.

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