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    Álvaro Palacios

    About Álvaro Palacios

    The Palacios name is revered in the world of Spanish fine wine. The family's patriarch José Palacios Remondo started his Rioja winery in 1945, and with four of his nine children following in his footsteps, the dynasty lives on. His seventh child, son Álvaro Palacios put the acclaimed region of Priorat on the map with one of Spain's finest, most sought-after wines; the genre-defining L'Ermita.

    Decanter Man of the Year (2015), Álvaro Palacios joined the hall of fame alongside winemaking legends; Robert Mondavi, Angelo Gaja & Serge Hochar. Having spent 2 years working at Petrus under Jean Pierre Moueix, before working alongside Rene Barbier, one of the biggest names in Priorat, Álvaro was well equipped when he started his own winery back in 1989.

    Álvaro is "the dynamo and tour de force that has propelled Priorat to the forefront of the Spanish wine scene" – Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate. The scarcity and excellence of his flagship L’Ermita mean it comes at a premium, which is why it gives us great pleasure to offer the more affordable, and excitingly the highest-scoring vintage yet of Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2019.

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    13 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2021 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £340.54
    2021

    Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2021 (12x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 12x75cl 10 - Inc. VAT: £340.54
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2010 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £503.27
    2010

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2010 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    Bright violet color. Suave, highly perfumed nose offers fresh raspberry, minerals, candied flowers and Asian spices. Sappy and minerally, offering intense, spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille flavors with superb clarity. Wonderfully supple in texture, with outstanding finishing persistence and only a hint of sweet tannins.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £503.27
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (1x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £301.75
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (1x150cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 1x150cl 3 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £301.75
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £420.84
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 3x75cl 2 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £420.84
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £718.07
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £718.07
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £238.44
    2018

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96+)

    The origin of everything here and the first single-vineyard red, the 2018 Finca Dofí excels in 2018. Those 10 hectares planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops are mostly Garnacha, but the wine also has some 8% Cariñena and 2% white grapes. They all fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. This is the refined version of the Gratallops (the vineyard is in the village!) but with an extra degree of depth and complexity, especially nuance and elegance, showcasing the captivating finesse and harmony of the vintage, which is a little in the style of the 2016 with more energy. I see that these 2018s are quite transparent and show the style of the zone, the iron soils, the dusty roads and the warmth of the soils; it's round and lush, spherical but with a spike of freshness. The élevage has been polished so as to render it almost invisible. This is drinkable now, and I think it's also going to age nicely in bottle and drink nicely throughout its life. 29,540 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 96+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £238.44
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £612.47
    2018

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96+)

    The origin of everything here and the first single-vineyard red, the 2018 Finca Dofí excels in 2018. Those 10 hectares planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops are mostly Garnacha, but the wine also has some 8% Cariñena and 2% white grapes. They all fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. This is the refined version of the Gratallops (the vineyard is in the village!) but with an extra degree of depth and complexity, especially nuance and elegance, showcasing the captivating finesse and harmony of the vintage, which is a little in the style of the 2016 with more energy. I see that these 2018s are quite transparent and show the style of the zone, the iron soils, the dusty roads and the warmth of the soils; it's round and lush, spherical but with a spike of freshness. The élevage has been polished so as to render it almost invisible. This is drinkable now, and I think it's also going to age nicely in bottle and drink nicely throughout its life. 29,540 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 6x75cl 5 96+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £612.47
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2021 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £370.07
    2021

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2021 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96-98)

    The more backward of the 2021s was the 2021 Finca Dofí, which was very primary and smelled almost like the fermentation vessels, and it took time in the glass to open up. The blend is higher in Garnacha, and they couldn't use the Picapoll as it didn't work well that cool year, so it's 90% Garnacha, 9% Cariñena and 1% white grapes. It achieved 14.5% alcohol but kept better freshness than in 2020, a constant in the 2021 wines. Very promising. They expect 24,000 bottles. It should be bottled around April 2023.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    4-5 months

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 96-98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £370.07
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2021 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £296.87
    2021

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2021 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-96)

    The blend of the 2021 Gratallops was higher in Cariñena than in the 2020 (25%), which resulted in a wine with a lower pH (3.37), the tendency that makes the 2021s more vibrant. They used some 40% full clusters for the fermentation (rather than adding the stems like in the past). The wine has acid berry freshness; and right now it's a bit difficult with the tannins and the acidity, but one more year of élevage should make it more polished. It should be long-lived and fresh. The expect some 17,300 bottles to be filled around April 2023.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    4-5 months

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 94-96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £296.87
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2011 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,127.60
    2011

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2011 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (95)

    Glass-staining ruby. Heady, complex scents of candied dark berries, incense, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a sexy vanilla nuance in the background. Juicy, penetrating and pure, with superb clarity and power to the black raspberry and boysenberry flavors. The floral element comes back strong on the mineral-driven finish, which lingers with outstanding tenacity, velvety tannins and echoing sweet blue fruit.
    As per photos ,2099312 Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 95 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,127.60
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,642.04
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (98)

    Aromas of blueberry, purple fruits, violet petal, blue slate ... moss. Full body yet compacted and compressed with amazing mouthfeel of fine-grained tannins. Structured yet superbly balanced making it so attractive now. 2,300 bottles made. Drink or hold.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,642.04
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,882.04
    2016

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    As I saw in some of the other wines, there is a lot more Cariñena in the still unbottled 2016 L'Ermita than in the 2015. The varietal breakdown was approximately 85% Garnacha, 14% Cariñena and 1% white grapes—Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and PX. The grapes are manually sorted and destemmed by the team that picks them and are put to ferment in an oak vat with the natural yeasts from the grapes. Malolactic was in barrique, which is where the wine was maturing when I tasted it. It has electric acidity that makes it vibrant, even if the nose might be a bit shy. I don't remember a vintage of L'Ermita with this concentration and acidity. We have to see how the élevage rounds it out, but this could be a very important vintage for L'Ermita. The expectation is to bottle some 2,000 bottles of this in May/June 2018.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,882.04
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,762.04
    2018

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99)

    The flagship 2018 L'Ermita is already classified as Gran Vinya Classificada, the new category of grand cru vineyards from the Priorat appellation of origin. Like the 2017, the blend here is mostly Garnacha with about 20% Cariñena (the highest for this wine) and 2% of white grapes. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats with a maceration of 56 days and matured in oak barrels of different sizes for 14 months. The grapes were picked quite late but on the same date as the previous year, the 17th of October, because the vineyard is so regular. The wine is aromatic, intense and elegant, with a lifted nose and a high-pitched note of violet pastille, more refined than the Aubaguetes and Baixada. It is classical and proportioned, with contained and complex aromas and flavors and lots of energy, light in its feel but with inner power and strength. As with most great wines, it should develop nicely and for a long time in bottle but will drink well throughout its life. Grand vin, yes. 2,440 bottles were filled in April 2020.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,762.04
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2021 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £257.00
    2021

    Alvaro Palacios Camins Del Priorat 2021 (12x75cl)
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 12x75cl 10 - In Bond: £257.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2010 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £406.00
    2010

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2010 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (94)

    Bright violet color. Suave, highly perfumed nose offers fresh raspberry, minerals, candied flowers and Asian spices. Sappy and minerally, offering intense, spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille flavors with superb clarity. Wonderfully supple in texture, with outstanding finishing persistence and only a hint of sweet tannins.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £406.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (1x150cl)
    In Bond: £247.00
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (1x150cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 1x150cl 3 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £247.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £344.00
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 3x75cl 2 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £344.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £585.00
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2015 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (97)

    This is a very tight and fine-grained red with a compressed mouthfeel. The fruit comes through to a class and elegance. Such length. Ethereal structure. Unique. Drink or hold.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £585.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £192.00
    2018

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96+)

    The origin of everything here and the first single-vineyard red, the 2018 Finca Dofí excels in 2018. Those 10 hectares planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops are mostly Garnacha, but the wine also has some 8% Cariñena and 2% white grapes. They all fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. This is the refined version of the Gratallops (the vineyard is in the village!) but with an extra degree of depth and complexity, especially nuance and elegance, showcasing the captivating finesse and harmony of the vintage, which is a little in the style of the 2016 with more energy. I see that these 2018s are quite transparent and show the style of the zone, the iron soils, the dusty roads and the warmth of the soils; it's round and lush, spherical but with a spike of freshness. The élevage has been polished so as to render it almost invisible. This is drinkable now, and I think it's also going to age nicely in bottle and drink nicely throughout its life. 29,540 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 96+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £192.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £497.00
    2018

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96+)

    The origin of everything here and the first single-vineyard red, the 2018 Finca Dofí excels in 2018. Those 10 hectares planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops are mostly Garnacha, but the wine also has some 8% Cariñena and 2% white grapes. They all fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. This is the refined version of the Gratallops (the vineyard is in the village!) but with an extra degree of depth and complexity, especially nuance and elegance, showcasing the captivating finesse and harmony of the vintage, which is a little in the style of the 2016 with more energy. I see that these 2018s are quite transparent and show the style of the zone, the iron soils, the dusty roads and the warmth of the soils; it's round and lush, spherical but with a spike of freshness. The élevage has been polished so as to render it almost invisible. This is drinkable now, and I think it's also going to age nicely in bottle and drink nicely throughout its life. 29,540 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Catalunya 6x75cl 5 96+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £497.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2021 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £295.00
    2021

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2021 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (96-98)

    The more backward of the 2021s was the 2021 Finca Dofí, which was very primary and smelled almost like the fermentation vessels, and it took time in the glass to open up. The blend is higher in Garnacha, and they couldn't use the Picapoll as it didn't work well that cool year, so it's 90% Garnacha, 9% Cariñena and 1% white grapes. It achieved 14.5% alcohol but kept better freshness than in 2020, a constant in the 2021 wines. Very promising. They expect 24,000 bottles. It should be bottled around April 2023.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    4-5 months

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 96-98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £295.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2021 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £234.00
    2021

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2021 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-96)

    The blend of the 2021 Gratallops was higher in Cariñena than in the 2020 (25%), which resulted in a wine with a lower pH (3.37), the tendency that makes the 2021s more vibrant. They used some 40% full clusters for the fermentation (rather than adding the stems like in the past). The wine has acid berry freshness; and right now it's a bit difficult with the tannins and the acidity, but one more year of élevage should make it more polished. It should be long-lived and fresh. The expect some 17,300 bottles to be filled around April 2023.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    4-5 months

    Catalunya 6x75cl 1 94-96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £234.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2011 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,127.60
    2011

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2011 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (95)

    Glass-staining ruby. Heady, complex scents of candied dark berries, incense, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a sexy vanilla nuance in the background. Juicy, penetrating and pure, with superb clarity and power to the black raspberry and boysenberry flavors. The floral element comes back strong on the mineral-driven finish, which lingers with outstanding tenacity, velvety tannins and echoing sweet blue fruit.
    As per photos ,2099312 Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 95 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,127.60
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,195.00
    2015

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2015 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (98)

    Aromas of blueberry, purple fruits, violet petal, blue slate ... moss. Full body yet compacted and compressed with amazing mouthfeel of fine-grained tannins. Structured yet superbly balanced making it so attractive now. 2,300 bottles made. Drink or hold.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,195.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,395.00
    2016

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2016 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (97-100)

    As I saw in some of the other wines, there is a lot more Cariñena in the still unbottled 2016 L'Ermita than in the 2015. The varietal breakdown was approximately 85% Garnacha, 14% Cariñena and 1% white grapes—Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and PX. The grapes are manually sorted and destemmed by the team that picks them and are put to ferment in an oak vat with the natural yeasts from the grapes. Malolactic was in barrique, which is where the wine was maturing when I tasted it. It has electric acidity that makes it vibrant, even if the nose might be a bit shy. I don't remember a vintage of L'Ermita with this concentration and acidity. We have to see how the élevage rounds it out, but this could be a very important vintage for L'Ermita. The expectation is to bottle some 2,000 bottles of this in May/June 2018.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,395.00
    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,295.00
    2018

    Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita 2018 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99)

    The flagship 2018 L'Ermita is already classified as Gran Vinya Classificada, the new category of grand cru vineyards from the Priorat appellation of origin. Like the 2017, the blend here is mostly Garnacha with about 20% Cariñena (the highest for this wine) and 2% of white grapes. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats with a maceration of 56 days and matured in oak barrels of different sizes for 14 months. The grapes were picked quite late but on the same date as the previous year, the 17th of October, because the vineyard is so regular. The wine is aromatic, intense and elegant, with a lifted nose and a high-pitched note of violet pastille, more refined than the Aubaguetes and Baixada. It is classical and proportioned, with contained and complex aromas and flavors and lots of energy, light in its feel but with inner power and strength. As with most great wines, it should develop nicely and for a long time in bottle but will drink well throughout its life. Grand vin, yes. 2,440 bottles were filled in April 2020.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Catalunya 3x75cl 1 99 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,295.00

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