Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofí 2018

96 Wine Advocate


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Country: Spain

Region: Priorat

Variety: Grenache

Terroir: Schist; the vineyard is a "u" shape with exposures to the south and north

Winemaking: 25 day maceration; fermentation in oak vats with punch down; malolactic fermentation in barrel; aged in oak for 16 months, 80% of which was used to age Camins and 20% one year old; practicing Organic

Wine Advocate 96
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.


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