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Finca Dofí 2019

Finca Dofí

2019
Priorat (Spain)

Finca Dofí is the last link in the chain before reaching the grandeur of L’Ermita. Containing 95% Ga...

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Details for Finca Dofí 2019

Type

Wine Red Crianza

Origin

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

14.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2019

Review

Finca Dofí is the last link in the chain before reaching the grandeur of L’Ermita. Containing 95% Garnacha, Álvaro Palacios’s star grape, it is an absolute delight due to the purity of its aromas and most seductive with its irresistible silkiness. On the nose it is totally smooth and elegant, and it simply melts in the mouth; it is dense, rich, concentrated and full of vitality, yet it flows through the palate without a single blemish. A wine that merits a fine burgundy glass so as to enjoy to the full all its charm and crisp freshness.

Summary of Álvaro Palacios's evaluation of the 2015 vintage

The 2015 harvest has been one of Álvaro Palacios' most productive in the Priorat. Occasional snowfall in winter, not too much rain and some high temperatures, the highest since records began in that area.

The year started off with some autumnal showers which carried on until well into the beginning of November, and after that a mild winter, with clement temperatures. It wasn't until February that temperatures registered a substantial drop, with a minimum low of -4,7º C, and snowfall left a 10 cm layer on the Priorat's vines, a most welcome protective blanket that kept the plants warm during their winter rest-time and helped the wines that resulted to have a special charm and loveliness.

March's arrival was also one of rainfall and humidity. Budding took place at the end of the month, and after a dry April, the hot days in May brought flowering. June was changeable, with rain and even some hail in l'Ermita which damaged a tenth of the berries. Then, a heatwave with temperatures reaching up to 42 ºC at the beginning of July. Occasional showers at the end of that month gave way to a dry, hot August, with some rain falling in the last few days and in September.

This rain at the end of summer made us worry about the appearance of botrytis and generally caused feelings of nervousness and impatience, but with the arrival of stability in the last part of September, the grapes could carry on maturing in an excellent state of health. The harvest lasted from the middle of September until November 1st in a healthy atmosphere, with cool nights and bright days, and dry air.

A crop that has produced wines that are silky and long, fluid and unctuous on the palate, of a pinker colour than usual and with an intense juiciness. Wines full of lively energy and magical charm. There'll only be a short time to wait before being able to give a better assessment of this vintage, with the wines' acidity a little perturbing at the moment.

Vineyard

  • Vine age:Between 20 and 32 years
  • Soil:Llicorella
  • Climate:Mediterranean

Production

  • Ageing period:18 months
  • Type of wood:French oak

Customer reviews

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by: Vinissimus Customer (19/11/2018) - Vintage 2016

Perfecto hoy pero con un gran camino andar

muy complejo y con una fruta muy integrada para disfrute actual pero con uénlargoi recorrido. 2030 sera el momento optimo de beberlo

by: Oscar (17/07/2018) - Vintage 2015

Grande

En la linea de los vinos de Alvaro Palacios. Si el Terrasses no decepciona, este está a otro nivel. Verdaderamente un vino con personalidad, finura i cuerpo como del que se espera en un grande Priorat!!

by: Duccio (14/05/2017) - Vintage 2014

Eccellente

E' un vino importante e costoso, ma non vi farà sfigurare nelle grandi occasioni: E' il fratello minore de L'Ermita, il capolavoro di Alvaro Palacio, ma la distanza non è poi così grande. Da sfoggiare per un pranzo con ospiti importanti ed esperti di vino, in grado di apprezzare questa magnifica bottiglia.

Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios came to the Priorat, to the town of Gratallops to be precise, following the lead of a group of local producers fully intending to pass on through their wines all the character of this land, full of its own brightness, with the shining Mediterranean sun, the gleaming slate in rocky crags, and brightly-coloured fennel in the olive groves. This is mystic, spiritual country tracing back its past to the Carthusian monks, who worked at cultivating vines for more th...