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Ferrer Bobet 2011 Seleccio Especial
Elaborated following the guidelines of the wine tradition of the area. They have managed to create this great wine, a “Super Catalan” using 70% Carignena and 30% Garnacha, of vines in centenarians “costers” (steep slope vineyards) and terraces of slate soils. This wine has undergone an aging of 18 months in new French oak barrels. It is bottled without fining or filtering and rests in the bottle for a year. My recommendation is to decant two hours before serving. Definitely one of the best wines of Priorat.
It is very intense and very bright cherry red with purple reflections. Dense slow-falling tears. In the nose it is intense and very expressive. Ripe black fruit that explodes with fragrant floral notes (violets). Elegant notes of wood with a very wide range of spices and creamy with a hint of appealing sweetness. Chocolate, vanilla, licorice and hints of fresh balsamic mountain herbs. The palate is powerful, balanced, tasty and elegant. Suggestive and creamy fruit. All in perfect harmony and with great finesse. Long, long after taste. Full bodied, bulky, with a velvety texture and excellent acidity.
As show so many times before…, passion goes a long way! Wine being the common denominator, for the two friends, Sergi Ferrer-Salat and Raül Bobet, and from this springs the cellar of Ferrer Bobet. They too wanted to show the world that Priorat holds a magic touch! Their project was started in 2002, but only during 2008 were they able to release their first two wines. In order to make these wines happen, Ferrer Bobet used Carignena and Garnacha vareties, which were planted on some of the best vineyards in Priorat some hundred years ago. These vineyards have an exceptional slate soil, locally known as “llicorella”, and a topography characterized by steep slopes and high elevations that guarantee optimal ripening and ideal night/day temperature fluctuations, fundamental for preserving flavors and acidity.
Sergi and Raül has their work laid out, as their own vineyards will need a good number of years before they start producing high quality wines, loads of miles to go! They have planted Syrah, Garnacha, Carignena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. The choice of varieties goes in harmony with their philosophy but also, the plats work well with the Priorat microclimate and soil conditions. Early on it was decided that they would go for sustainable viticulture, using no insecticides, fungicides and/or herbicides. The winemaking is based on the principle that the wine derives from the soil, so that would be the fundamental approach throughout the process. In addition, they have designed one of the coolest wineries in the Priorat!
The estate is located between Porrera and Falset, and carries various characteristics that gives it great potential, all crucial with regards to choice of location. This area is well know for an additional microclimate within the microclimate and holds some of the very best vineyards on offer in the Priorat. The soil here holds a very high proportion of llicorella, a quality only seen in the top vineyards in the Priorat. 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 cellar itself offers perfect working conditions and allows the use of gravity during the whole winemaking process, from fruit reception to bottling. At the reception point of the winery, each berry is selected at the sorting tables. Fermentation takes place in small receptacles, usually oak barrels, so that each vineyard can be vinified individually. The wine is aged in French oak barrels of 225 liters during a minimum period of 12 months, after which they are bottled unfiltered, in order to preserve their organoleptic qualities. Above all, both Ferrer Bobet and Ferrer Bobet Selecció aim to reflect the terroir, which gave them birth in the first place. The goal of their orthodoxy in vine-growing and winemaking is, precisely, to achieve a purity that surpasses any of the techniques employed, so that whoever tastes their wines will be able to experience the mineral essence, complex and profound, of Priorat, without ever losing any of its freshness, elegance and purity.
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