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2015 Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi

  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Regional Blend
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SKU: 56936-2015-750-3A

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2015 Finca Dofí is mostly Garnacha with a 4% pinch of Cariñena and some white grapes from the vineyard that names it. Although there are some differences, mainly in the fringes and extremes, most of the soils from Priorat are very similar, with decomposed slate called "llicorella." Most of Palacios's wines are produced in a very similar way, with natural fermentation of destemmed and crushed grapes in oak vats and élevage in oak casks—in this case, larger bocoys and foudres—for 16 months. This wine has gained in drinkability since 2010-2011, and this lighter vintage feels even more approachable, with very clean flavors and unnoticeable tannins. It finishes very tasty and with subtle earthiness. 22,742 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2017.
    Drink Dates: 2018 - 2025
    Author: Luis Gutierrez
    Issue: 236
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    Opaque, bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented red and dark berry, cherry liqueur and licorice aromas are complicated by suggestions of incense and exotic spices. Deeply concentrated but lively as well, offering palate-staining black raspberry, bitter cherry, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that show outstanding clarity and mineral thrust. Finishes extremely long and precise, with resonating floral, spice and mineral qualities and youthfully gripping tannins. By all means give this still-young wine some cellar time.
    Drink Dates: 2024 - 2034
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: Apr 2019
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Round and generous, this toasty red offers flavors of cherry, plum and baking spices, showing depth. Light, firm tannins and fresh acidity keep this focused. A spicy, gentle wine, with deceptive length. Drink now through 2025. 1,800 cases made. — TM
    Drink Dates: 2018-2025
    Author: Thomas Matthews
    Issue: May 31, 2018
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  • With Alvaro Palacios' background, it's no surprise he's leading the pack of new superstar Spanish winemakers. The industry is in his blood, as his family owns respected Palacios Remondo in Rioja. Family ties don't produce great wine, though, and Alvaro has done plenty on his own to bolster his qualifications. He studied enology in Bordeaux, then worked at Chateau Petrus under Jean-Pierre Moueix, honing his winemaking skills. Instead of taking his experiences back to his family's estate, he blazed a new path straight to Priorat's steep hills and terraces. In 1990 he bought his first vineyard, Finca Dofi, and soon after added to it what has become his most acclaimed source, L'Ermita. The vineyard, planted between 1900 and 1940, faces northeast and offers up Garnacha meriting mass critical acclaim. Alvaro's lofty vision has been to craft a wine somewhere between a Petrus and a Grange; a cursory glance at the reviews makes his accomplishment immediately clear. His three wines: Les Terraces, Finca Dofi, but most importantly L'Ermita, have launched him to absolute cult status.

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 40 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors