2001 Alvaro Palacios "Finca Dofi" Priorat

SKU #1160357 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The estate-grown 2001 Finca Dofi, fashioned from tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, was aged in 100% new French oak. A blend of 60% Grenache, and the rest Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot, it appears to be the finest vintage of this cuvee I have yet tasted. Inky/purple to the rim with a sweet nose of creme de cassis, blackberries, minerals, and a hint of acacia flowers, this intense, opulent, full-bodied, seamless 2001 is already accessible. (RP)  (4/2004)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Very ripe but fresh aromas of black cherry, licorice and flowers. Dense, sweet and lush but also suave and penetrating, with black fruit, violet and lead pencil flavors nicely framed by firm acidity. This really mounts on the back end and lingers. The tannins are quite fine. As in most years, a Priorat wine of atypical finesse. (ST)  (7/2003)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This plush red shows alluring raspberry and licorice flavors. Thick and sweet, it has good concentration and well-integrated tannins. A crowd pleaser. (TM)  (8/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Very distinctively mineral. Dry stone and heat on the nose. Edge of coconut milk on a really tense, chewy palate. Quite refreshing for the alcohol level. Speaks of the vineyard. Well mannered. Marked acidity and tannin, but with integrity. Fruit, not oak. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (11/2003)

K&L Notes

Blend of 60% Garnacha with Syrah, Cariñena, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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