Ferrer Bobet

Priorat 2017

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 12 months. Bottling is unfined and unfiltered.

VINTAGE

In 2017, the harvest yields of Northern Spain were drastically reduced by Spring frost. Although quantities were lower overall, the resulting wines were of excellent quality, with great concentration, higher acidity and a very ripe, pure expression of fruit.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Grenache, Syrah

Appellation

Priorat, Spain

Alcohol

14.0%

Suggested Retail Price

$52.00

Reviews

"Fresh and elegant"

Wine Advocate - "The eponymous 2017 Ferrer-Bobet is a blend of 65% Cariñena, 25% Garnacha, 15% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon mostly from their own vines planted between 2004 and 2005 on llicorella slate on terraces and slopes, higher in Cariñena in this warmer year. It fermented after a short cold maceration and matured in French barriques for 12 months. This is fresh and elegant, a character of Cariñena on poor soils. The wine has good ripeness but no with no excess; it has floral aromas and even an herbal touch. It's supple and spicy and has magical freshness. It has more Cariñena than ever."

"Nice texture and balance"

Wine Spectator - "A toasty edge marks the cherry and plum notes in this sleek red, giving way to mineral, tar and herb details. Shows nice texture and balance." - G.S.

"Very long and smooth"

Vinous Media - "Dark ruby. Expressive aromas of blackberry, cherry and licorice on the nose, along with a building touch of spiciness. Smooth in texture and well-concentrated, offering juicy black and blue fruit flavors that turn livelier through the midpalate. Closes very long and smooth, with gentle tannic grip and a suave floral flourish."

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.