Finca Dofi Alvaro Palacios 2016
Since establishing his Priorat-based winery in 1989 after a stint working at Château Pétrus, Alvaro Palacios has quickly come to be recognised as one of Spain’s greatest winemakers and with a focus on local varieties from exceptionally old, low-yielding vines, he is consistently crafting some of the country’s finest wines. Finca Dofi is mostly Grenache with a small amount of Cariñena from a plot in the village of Gratallops planted between 1900 and 1940 on a precipitous hillside with typical ‘llicorella’ slate soils. The 2016 is a sublime release that is powerful and long, yet remarkably pure and elegant. Laden with wild red and black fruits, wild herbs and a distinctive mineral streak, this is already superb to drink but will happily age for another 3-5 years.