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Scorching 2015s From One The Northern Rhône’s Hottest Producers - Ferraton - 03/02/2017 - Rhone Valley

In extolling the virtues of the “sensational” 2015 Northern Rhône vintage, Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate advises that it “should not be missed by any Rhône lover out there.” This is a bold assessment and one that holds more than true for the wines of Ferraton Pere et Fils. Dunnuck goes on to call Ferraton’s 2015s the “easily the finest” he’s ever had, which when you consider Ferraton’s long and illustrious record, this is no small praise. With scores ranging from 92 all the way to 97, the pre-arrival offerings featured below are among the cream of the crop of the 2015 vintage and are sure to delight any fan of wines of power, structure, concentration, and depth. Given the over the moon critical reception and very approachable pre-arrival prices it is safe to say these wines will sell at a vigorous clip, so you’ll want to act quickly to secure your bottles.

The young winemaking team at Ferraton has been making tremendous strides in recent years, so it should come as little surprise that they were able to capitalize on the success of the 2015 vintage as well as they did. The entire portfolio from the appellation designates to the single vineyard bottlings were all crafted in such a way as to highlight the best elements of the vintage. While many will be ready to drink in the near team, these 2015s are sure to reward those who cellar them over the next 10, 20, even 30 years. With the combination of a top-notch producer, a sensational vintage, and high points these 2015s won’t be around long.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 97 78 $49.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Patou" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 97 73 $44.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 96 >100 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 96 85 $59.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) 96 32 $69.99 View
2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Reverdy" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) 96 24 $69.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Grands Muriers" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 95 >100 $39.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 95 >100 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) 94 >100 $22.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 94 >100 $22.99 View
2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Grand Courtil" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 94 84 $29.99 View


2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cornas Lieu Dit Les Eygats comes from a terrific vineyard located in the northern portion of the appellation and will see 14 months in 15% new barrels. It has a liqueur of rocks-like minerality as well as layers of blueberries, currants, peppery herbs, graphite and licorice. Full-bodied, incredibly concentrated and stacked on the palate, with a finish that wont quit, I just hope it shows this well from bottle! The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "(made with 15 percent whole clusters) Bright purple. Powerful dark berry and licorice aromas, along with floral and smoky mineral flourishes. Broad and seamless on the palate, offering sweet cassis and blueberry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Smoothly plays richness off energy and finishes very long and sappy, with mounting tannins and a touch of smokiness." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Patou" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Last of the Cornas releases, the 2015 Cornas Lieu Dit Patou sports an inky purple color to go with notions of liquid violets, blackberries, blueberries, toasted bread and freshly crushed rocks. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, pure and impeccably balanced, its a tour de force from this appellation. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. The slightly larger production cuvée is the 2015 Côte Rôtie lEglantine, which comes from schist soils and is aged in older barrels. It offers a perfumed, Asian spice, dried flower, graphite, and red and black fruit-driven bouquet, as well as full-bodied richness and ultra-fine tannin. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. Slightly more expensive than the lEglantine, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lieu Dit Montmain (100% Syrah aged in 15% new French oak) is also full-bodied and impressively concentrated, with notes of acacia flowers, toasted spices, black raspberries and brioche. It has fabulous tannin quality, no hard edges and a big finish, all suggesting it will have a long life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "(15 percent whole clusters) Inky ruby. Vibrant and focused on the nose, displaying intense red and dark berry, potpourri and Asian spice scents and deeper suggestions of licorice and olive that build with air. In an energetic style, especially for the vintage, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and become sweeter on the back half. Fine-grained tannins frame and shape the finish, which lingers with strong, floral-driven persistence." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Ermitage Les Dionnieres saw the same élevage as the Le Méal and has huge, unctuous aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, black currants, framboise, crushed rocks and graphite. Coming from a site located on the eastern edge of the appellation, it has a huge mid-palate, integrated acidity and the sweet, sweet tannin thats common in the vintage. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

92-94 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Heady scents of dark berry liqueur, candied cherry and incense; notes of Indian spices and smoky minerals emerge with air. Shows superb clarity and lift to the palate-coating blackberry, fruitcake and candied violet flavors, which pick up a smoky mineral nuance on the back half. Deftly marries richness and vivacity, finishing with powerful dark fruit thrust and fine-grained tannins that sneak in late." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Reverdy" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More backward, concentrated and closed, yet just loaded with potential, the 2015 Ermitage Le Reverdy isI suspect the finest white Ive tasted from this estate. Coming from the Beaume and le Méal lieux-dits and an even split of Marsanne and Roussanne, brought up in a mix of stainless steel and demi-muids, it has full-bodied richness, a liqueur of rocks-like aromatic profile, integrated acidity and sensational purity. It will have two decades or more of life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team." (12/2016)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Grands Muriers" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another no brainer purchase is the 2015 Cornas les Grands Mûriers, and this is the first time this cuvée has incorporated 15% whole clusters. Its black/blue color is followed by lots of pepper, saddle leather, black fruits and crushed rocks, and it has fabulous purity, ripe tannin and nicely integrated acidity. Again, short-term cellaring will be the name of the game. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Notes of powdered rocks, graphite, caramelized meats and both cassis and black raspberry emerge from the 2015 Hermitage Les Miaux. This rich, low-acid, chewy, downright decadent Hermitage is another huge success from this estate. Its going to need a few years of bottle age, yet I suspect the sweetness of fruit will allow it to drink nicely relatively early in its life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright purple. Spice-tinged blueberry, licorice and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke and dusty minerals. Chewy and concentrated on the palate, offering intense flavors of ripe black and blue fruits, olive and star anise. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity, finishing with impressive energy and supple, slow-building tannins that add gentle grip. (JR)" (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) ($22.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another huge, sexy wine is the 2015 St Joseph La Source, which at this quality, sells for a song. Black raspberries, cassis, red currants, licorice and graphite all emerge from this full-bodied beauty that has sweet tannin and a stacked mid-palate. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well for over a decade. Twenty-eight bucks? More please. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "(raised in 80 percent concrete tanks and 20 percent new and used barriques) Dark purple. Mineral-accented black and blue fruits, licorice and Indian spices on the fragrant nose. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cassis and boysenberry flavors, a suggestion of bitter chocolate and building spiciness. Lingers with very good tenacity on the finish, which is shaped by dusty, even tannins." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($22.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the La Matiniere cuvée, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Calendes (100% Syrah, destemmed and aged in concrete) offers lots of graphite and minerality, as well as full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, present tannin and a great finish. Again, the value here is about as good as it gets. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but Im sure theyll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, licorice and woodsmoke, lifted by a spicy hint of white pepper. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering ripe red and dark berry and violet pastille flavors that put on weight with air. The lively, smoke-tinged, persistent finish shows resonating spiciness, sneaky tannins and a whiplash of sweet red fruit." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Grand Courtil" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most expensive Crozes release is the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil, which comes from a single parcel of sedimentary soils and is raised in 15% new barrels. Its another locked and loaded Crozes that has tons of fruit, a deep, saturated purple color, good acidity and ripe, sweet tannin. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but Im sure theyll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)