Selecció Especial 2014
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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Wine Advocate - "To catch up on the top of the range, I tasted three vintages, the oldest of which is the 2014 Selecció Especial, pure Cariñena from extremely old vines cropped from a cooler and wetter year. It matured in French barrels for 18 months. This certainly has the advantage of a little more bottle age, which is a must for these powerful reds, and it feels harmonious, nuanced and expressive, with dark fruit and an earthy sensation reminiscent of peat and wet stones. The palate is full-bodied with a textured feeling and some fine-grained tannins, lifted by good freshness and acidity. It finishes dry and long. 3,192 bottles and 100 magnums produced. It was bottled in July 2016."
Wine & Spirits Magazine - "Around the little town of Porrera there is plenty of old-vine cariñena. The grape thrives in this high-altitude spot. From those steep slate slopes, Ferrer Bobet crafts this bright, luminous red with all the components of a cariñena from ancient vines: The youthful purple color, the bright, tart acidity, the aromas of wild red fruit, the flowers, the herbs, the tight, vertical structure. This will last for a decade at least." Wine & Spirits Magazine
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Ferrer Bobet Priorat is produced primarily from Ferrer Bobet's own vineyards. If fulfills the vision of elegance, freshness and detail that were the reasons for starting the estate. Exacting as always, the first vintage was not released until 8 years after the vines were planted.
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.