Ferrer Bobet

Priorat 2016

Priorat, Spain

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Ferrer Bobet Priorat is the second vintage of a Priorat produced primarily from Ferrer Bobet’s own vineyards. It fulfills the vision of elegance, freshness and detail that were the reasons for starting the estate. It is a Carignan based blend, based on low vigor and high quality rootstocks and clones, aiming for perfectly balanced vines.

VINEYARD

The vineyards are managed in a way fundamental to the philosophy of Ferrer Bobet: the development of a strict organic viticulture which completely excludes the use of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. The grapes are sourced from estate vineyards which were planted in 2004, 2005 and 2006 on licorella slate terraces and hillsides. Grapes are picked by hand into small 10kg bins, and selected berry by berry on a double sorting table before being transferred to tanks by gravity.

WINEMAKING

The winemaking is based on the principle that fastidious viticulture is the basis for the quality of the wine. Fermentation takes place in 15 and 30 Hl wooden, stainless steel and cement vats. Malolactic fermentation and ageing occurs in fine-grained, lightly toasted French oak barrels, 60% new, for 9 months. Bottling is unfined and unfiltered.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Grenache, Syrah

Appellation

Priorat, Spain

Alcohol

14.0%

Suggested Retail Price

$52.00

Reviews

"Energetic and focused"

Vinous Media - "Full, bright-rimmed ruby. An expressive bouquet offers fresh cherry and dark fruit and incense qualities, along with a floral nuance and a smoky mineral overtone. A core of zesty acidity braces sweet black raspberry liqueur, cherry cola and spicecake flavors, which are energetic and focused. The minerally, persistent finish shows solid thrust and gently gripping tannins that come in late."

"Very fine tannins and vibrant acidity"

Wine Advocate (92+) - "2016 was a fresher year than 2015, and so the 2016 Ferrer-Bobet is also fresher than the 2015, with a little less alcohol and more acidity. The blend changed a bit—there is less Syrah and Cabernet (a constant in the last few years)—to 60% Cariñena, 25% Garnacha, 10% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a beautiful nose of fresh fruit, with cherries and a peachy quality, very subtle oak and spices. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and vibrant acidity."

Trade Materials

Other Wines by this Producer

Vinyes Velles

Ferrer Bobet's Vinyes Velles is an old vine blend of Carignane (70%) and Grenache (30%). It's produced from some of the best steep slate hillside and terraced vineyards in Priorat. Though the "second wine" of Ferrer Bobet, the initial 2005 release put Ferrer Bobet on the wine world map. Two of the most important publications in Spain named it their wine of the year, and accolades came pouring in from Russia, the UK and the US. It launched the Ferrer Bobet mission of creating wines of elegance and purity, and the message has resonated.

Selecció Especial

Selecció Especial Vinyes Velles is 100% Carignane from hundred year old vines in some of the best vineyards in Priorat, in one of the coolest, steepest and highest elevations of the appellation, factors which contribute to optimal phenolic ripeness and help preserve flavors and acidity. A wine of truly profound fruit and minerality.