2008 Ferrer Bobet Vinyes Velles Priorat

SKU #1109782 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Ferrer/Bobet is a vibrant offering with an expressive nose of cedar, spicy black fruits, exotic spices, and lavender. Only time will tell whether the 2009 is better than this beauty. Ferrer/Bobet is the future showplace of Priorat. No expense has been spared in the construction of a magnificent winery and in the planting of the vineyards. Sergi Ferrer-Salat is a young pharmaceutical tycoon with apparently a much greater interest in fine wine than drugs, while his partner Raul Bobet was the long-time winemaker at Torres. Ferrer-Salat makes it clear that his goal is to make the greatest wine possible without regard to whether he makes money. I'm not sure if Bobet would totally agree, but it appears that he is up for the challenge.  (5/ 2011)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Based on old-vine cariñena--some more than a century old--this contrasts liqueur-like fruit and tart notes. It’s powerful, filling every corner of the mouth with notes of ripe blackberries and sour cherries. A wine to cellar at least four years.  (2/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Racy and elegant, this red delivers cherry, berry, mineral and smoke flavors in a light-bodied texture with focus and drive. Light tannins and lively acidity frame the vibrant fruit.  (5/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This blend of old vine Garnacha and Cariñena is delicious, truly some terrific winemaking from very good fruit in this once again exciting, dynamic wine region. Spicy and sweet mixed berry and red fruit aromas show discreet barrel notes. On the palate, the wine is rich (to be expected from this Mediterranean growing area!) and has a lovely texture - mouth filling and with very fine tannins. Surprisingly fresh acidity balances out the intensity and richness of the fruit. While it's delicious now, this wine should have a great future ahead of it, with the potential to improve in bottle for at least 7-8 years.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Priorato

Alcohol Content (%): 15