2017 Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi
The Dofi is one of the 9 top wines of Spain. On the hard volcanic soil, the old sticks have to dig deep and this gives a great taste. The vineyards face north and give the wine a special freshness, pure red fruit and blood orange, peach, subtle spices and aniseed with an impressive elegance and balance, round and velvety tannins. This is a beautiful Dofi and has received 95/100 Parker points and 94/100 James Suckling. The 2017 is unprecedentedly refined and more accessible because of the warm year and therefore riper fruit. Sure, there are tannins, but the texture is completely different and more akin to a Barolo with earthiness wrapped in ripe fruit.
The Priorato (Priorat in Catalan) appellation in northeastern Spain takes its name from the Priorat de Scala Dei ('Priory of God's Staircase'), a medieval monastery on the Serra del Montsant, the mountain range that dominates this area and its valley of the Siurana River. Above ground only ruins are visible, underground the cellars are still intact; they now serve as wine cellars. The monastery was founded in 1163 by Carthusian monks, after a local shepherd had a vision of angels ascending a stairway to heaven. The village that developed around the monastery over the centuries is still called Scala Dei. The vineyards in this area are (in total approx. 1600 ha.), whether or not on terraces, against the flanks of the Serra del Montsant and are located at an altitude of between 100 and 700 meters. The soil is hard and rough with a subsoil of rocks, which means that the vines have no chance to wash away. The originally volcanic soil consists mainly of quartz and red slate ('tiger skin soil', here also called Llicorella) and contains trace elements. Since the soil is poor, the vines must root deeply in search of water and food.
The yield is therefore no higher than approximately 15 hl/ha, which positively influences the quality and concentration in the wines. The main grape varieties in the region, the garnacha tinta (originally the Priorat grape) and the carinena complement each other perfectly. The aromas and softness of the garnacha combine with the firmness and color of the carinena. The climate is continental with long, warm summers (up to about 40 degrees C.); the influence of the warm easterly Mistral wind is balanced by a cool northerly wind. Annually 400-600 mm precipitation falls here, the most in the periods March-April and October-November, the average temperature is 15 ° C and the number of hours of sunshine is 2600. Traditionally, traditional red wines are made in the Priorato: almost black in colour, 100% garnacha, powerful, concentrated, complex and with enormous potential.
|Available as of||Mar 20, 2012|
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Syrah-Shiraz|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|