Alvaro Palacios landed in Priorat back in 1989 to explore the mysticism which shrouds the lands where the Carthusians dwelt for centuries, far from their native Alfaro. He immediately fell in love with the land and set about producing quality wines in an area far removed from large urban centres and which was apparently in recession. The 30 hectare property which he manages with Oriol Castells is set out on terraces and “costers”, a traditional, local Priorat method of growing. His beautiful, modern bodega is located in the Gratallops area and this is where he has grown in maturity and in skill, with the result that his wines are positioned as global references.
Ruby red hue with a violet rim. Very clean and bright. Displays thin, clear-tinted legs which quickly run down the glass.
Somewhat shy at first, expresses earthy notes. These disappear and give way to very pleasant red fruit. The barrelageing notes are very subtle and pleasant.
Drying, with strength and surprisingly slender volume. Very mineral and fresh, it gives up very floral and fruity notes adorned with dark chocolates.
Finca Dofí comes from of a ten hectare property where the predominant Grenache is supplemented by a bit of Carignan and Syrah. We found this 2010 to be really attractive and very accessible. It very obviously rejects the excessive concentration often found in other wines from the region which tend to show a great deal of musculature but which are sadly lacking, mid-palate. What we find here is the opposite. Exuding freshness, magical red fruit that mingles with delicate notes of chocolate with orange, and a very pleasant drinking sensation. The wine is captivating from the first sip and keeps you drinking it while your surroundings change and, as the monks would say, “Stat Crux dum volvitur orbis”.