Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 'Finca Dofi'
Finca Dofi is always such a generous and rewarding wine, and the 2020 is utterly entrancing. Gentle, oozing, blackberry coulis aromas dominate the nose with a seam of intense and concentrated blackcurrant at its core. Then a wonderful hit of fresh black cherries comes through with touches of cinnamon and an enticing essence of Portuguese custard tart. There is a spice here too, almost a touch of cumin, which adds to the exotic character of the wine.
The palate is broader than that of Gratallops, yet the focus and precision is still all there. It has incredible balance with a perfect juxtaposition of ripeness of fruit and delicious freshness. Once again, the tannins just melt away. Álvaro’s tannin management really is exceptional; the tannins somehow start as small granules with grip before broadening, perceptibly, into flakes – flakes which then get coated, like ball bearings, before – boof! Gone. Like a cloud. The finish is pure and mineral with a hint of sage. Wow – this really is the perfect food wine. Drink 2022-2036.