Selecció Especial 2016
Ferrer Bobet Selecció Especial is 100% Carignane from hundred year old vines in some of the best vineyards in Priorat. The soils have an unusually high proportion of llicorella, a quality only seen in the top vineyards in the Priorat, and the site is 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. Likewise, the site’s varied aspects create a rich diversity of mesoclimates and bring the opportunity to create wines of particular complexity and depth.
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. Grapes are from steep slate hillsides and terraces and are picked by hand into small 10kg bins. They are then selected berry by berry on a double sorting table before being transferred to tanks by gravity.
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 for 18 months. Bottling is unfined and unfiltered. Bottle aged for a minimum of 11 months.
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Decanter - "Made from centenarian vines in Porrera, planted on slate soils. Careful harvest and winemaking, with grain selection. Fermented in large oak vats, then aged in French oak and bottle. Restrained on the nose, opening up slowly to elegant blackcurrant fruit and spice. The wine is tightly structured, but suavely textured, very long and delicious. A benchmark for old-vine wine: power and finesse in lovely balance."
Vinous Media -
"Dark violet. Powerful, spice- and mineral-accented boysenberry, cherry and incense aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied violet, vanilla and licorice. Vibrant and sharply defined on the palate, offering mineral-laced black and blue fruit, spicecake and cola flavors that deepen and become spicier through the midpalate. Densely packed yet graceful in character, with velvety tannins lending shape and grip to the strikingly long, penetrating finish, which leaves repeating blue fruit, spice and floral notes behind."
Wine Advocate - "The expressive 2016 Selecció Especial reminds me of the 2010, with all the baby fat and all the primary notes still there. It seems to have a lot of everything in an amazing balance, so nothing feels out of place—acidity, tannins, fruit, saltiness. It's full bodied, with soft tannins and a subtle thread of acidity going through its core. It should make old bones. It's so elegant I forgot I was tasting a Cariñena."
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