2021 Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi Magnum
The Dofi is one of the 9 top wines in Spain. On the hard volcanic soil, the old vines 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 herbs and anise with impressive elegance and balance, round and velvety tannins. This is a beautiful Dofi and received 95/100parker 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 surrounded by ripe fruit.
The Priorato appellation (Priorat in Catalan) in northeastern Spain takes its name from the Priorat de Scala Dei ('Priory of God's Stairs'), a medieval monastery on the Serra del Montsant, the mountain range that dominates this area and the 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 staircase to heaven. The village that grew up around the monastery over the centuries is still called Scala Dei. The vineyards in this area are located (approx. 1600 ha in total), whether or not on terraces, against the flanks of the Serra del Montsant and are at an altitude of between 100 and 700 meters. The soil is hard and rough with a rock surface, so the vines have no chance of being washed away. The originally volcanic soil consists mainly of quartz and red slate ('tiger skin soil', also called Llicorella here) and contains trace elements. Because 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 affects 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 eastern Mistral wind is balanced by a cool northern wind. Annually, 400-600 mm of precipitation falls here, most of it in the periods March-April and October-November, the average temperature is 15 °C and the number of hours of sunshine is 2600. Traditional red wines are traditionally made in the Priorat: almost black in color, 100% garnacha, powerful, concentrated, complex and with enormous potential. This version is a 1.5 liter magnum of which only a very limited number were made.
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In the late eighties, Alvaro met René Barbier, one of the rediscoverers and 'godfathers' of the Priorat. This tipped him to take a look at the forgotten wine region. Alvaro found vineyards here with very old vines. He knew immediately that he had discovered the area to be able to make absolute top wines. In 1989 he bought his first Priorat vineyard 'Finca Dofi' and in 1993 L'Ermita, a vineyard that is now considered one of the very best of the entire Priorat and is named after the chapel at the top of the vineyard.
With wines such as Finca Dofi and the now legendary L'Ermita he gained world fame and put the Priorat on the map as a wine region. All vineyards are processed on the basis of biological and / or dynamic principles to obtain the highest possible quality grapes and wine with the most natural character. Alvaro Palacios is barely 40 when he seems to have accomplished everything. Coming from a family of winegrowers - owners of the Bodegas Palacios Ramondo - as a young man in his twenties he learned the trade with Christian Moueix in the castles of Petrus and Trotanoy. Then he followed the catalan René Barbier in Priorato. Deeply impressed by ancient land and their qualitative potential, he decides to mine his own vineyard in this God-forsaken hole, 135 km south-west of Barcelona. According to Palacios' own words, the general belief is that "the yield is too low, the land is unworkable and requires a lot of manual labor" and that the chance of profitability is small. The sequel shows that the skeptics were wrong. The first millésime, namely the Ermita 1993, was immediately mentioned in the "superstars" club of Spanish wines. This cuvée, consisting of 80 to 90% Grenache Vieilles Vignes balanced by Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan Vieiles Vignes, has provoked exceptional reactions in Spain but also in the rest of the world. The ultra-modern company of Alvaro Palacios, dominating the village of Gratallops from the top of the hill, testifies to its decisive influence and ongoing efforts to revolutionize the Spanish wine industry. Alvaro Palacios, the architect of the success of the Ermita, summarizes with conviction: "The philosophy behind the vinification involves expressing the character of the terroir with the greatest transparency and purity."
The authoritative British wine magazine Decanter has named Alvaro Palacios Winemaker of the Year 2015. He is honored for his efforts to put Spain on the map in general and the regions of Bierzo and Priorat in particular worldwide. Palacios has illustrious predecessors. Last year, the brothers Perrin won from Chateau de Beaucastel, for which the honor went to Angelo Gaja, Robert Mondavi and the late Serge Hochar.
At Grandcruwijnen.nl you will find an extensive selection of the wines of Alvaro Palacios such as his absolute cult wine the L'Ermita and the Dofi, but we can certainly also recommend the wines that are a lot friendlier in price such as the Álvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat. Click here for an overview of the wines of Alvaro Palacios
|Type of Wine
|Icon Spain & Portugal
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Syrah-Shiraz
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard