PRIORAT VINYES VELLES 2017 (OLD VINES) BY FERRER BOBET
Place Priorat Vinyes Velles 2017 (Old Vines) by Ferrer Bobet next to your finest Châteauneuf-du-Pape and you’ll immediately understand its profound significance. You are going to get a whole lot of compliments from whomever you serve this to. Including yourself!
“Beautifully textured,” “perfumed,” “firm and mineral,” and “pretty.” These were just a few of my notes for this brilliant Priorat from Ferrer Bobet. I could keep going, too—this wine’s grace and detail really took my breath away, and had me dreaming for a return to the crazily steep, slate hillsides from where it is grown.
The terroir in Priorat is close to crazy. You have to be a bit maniacal, not to mention dedicated, to plant vineyards on rocky steep slopes such as what are typical in Priorat. A winemakers dream. The hills are steep with plenty of mineral in the soil, the day’s are hot, the nights are cool and there is more often than not, a breeze coming off the Mediterranean. If you add some winemaking talent and stir, you will have some special wines.
Ferrer Bobet is a prestigious winery with a spectacular location, churning out critically beloved wines. Beautiful fruit balanced out with wonderful minerality and nice long tannins.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
96 Points / Gold Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
PRIORAT VINYES VELLES 2017 (OLD VINES) BY FERRER BOBET: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / warm and spicy, earthy, floral, fruity, mineral / Oaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
FOOD PAIRING / Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Salted or Marinated Mushrooms
TASTING NOTE / “Savoury, meaty and herbal bouquet, then huge complex flavours of buttermilk, damson, pomegranate, cumin and beeswax. It’s muscular but also refined, classy and intense. Tremendous now and will only get better.”
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