Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi is a single vineyard grenache (‘garnacha’, as they say in Spain), made from 20+ year-old vines grown in one of the vineyards that launched Priorat onto the world stage.
The winemaking process is no-holds-barred. Biodynamic and organic principles are strictly adhered to, with all harvest undertaken by hand. Only the best fruit is used. Fermentation takes place in oak, and the juice is then aged in majority old oak.
A redolent bouquet of spices and purple fruit linger on the nose, with light notes of anise, smoke and floral. Finca Dolfi tastes like juicy raspberries, cola, mocha and star anise, with excellent acid balance adding freshness to the palate. Fine tannins complete the picture, making for a wine that is rich, yet ultimately refreshing.
Subtle nose of dried rose petals, slate and hints of red cherries. Full body, a beautiful structure and a dense and harmonious texture. Single vineyard. So delicious now. Why wait?
96 points, James Suckling (December 2016)
The 2014 Finca Dofí is a blend of approximately 94% Garnacha and 6% Cariñena from a plot in Gratallops called Finca Dofí. The destemmed and crushed grapes fermented in oak vats with natural yeasts followed by malolactic and 14 months aging in oak barrels. 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 flavors 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.
95+ points, Luis Gutierrez (October 2016)
Refreshing fresh fruit, showing purity and floral notes. The 2014 Dofí is all about subtlety and delicacy. Significantly different from older vintages. It is profound yet refreshing. Light and very captivating. One of the most sensitive expressions of Álvaro Palacios.\
17.5 points, Ferran Centelles, JancisRobinson.com (December 2017)
Lurid ruby. An explosively perfumed, mineral-tinged bouquet displays fresh boysenberry, cherry, licorice pastille and sandalwood scents, and a suave spicecake nuance gains power with air. Stains the palate with sappy red and blue fruit, spicecake and candied rose flavors that show impressive clarity and back-end lift. Silky, slow-building tannins add gentle grip to the finish, which hangs on with superb, floral- and mineral-driven tenacity.
94 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (May 2017)
Polished and restrained, this red offers black cherry, pomegranate, smoky and mineral flavors, supported by light tannins and firm acidity. Not showy, but harmonious and lively.
92 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (May 2017)
PrioratThis tiny region on the Catalonian coastal hinterland produces some of Spain’s most prestigious red wines. The region has only 1,800 ha of vines covering steep terraces and plateaus up to 900m featuring both granite based soils and unique shale based ”llicorella” soils. Priorat experiences warm to hot days with cool evenings producing wines of great intensity, colour and ripeness. Over the past 20 years, Priorat’s vineyards planted to Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, have been slowly revived with great success, producing a new wave of powerful, rich reds, some with generous new oak characters.