2011 Ferrer Bobet "Vinyes Velles" Priorat (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1306797 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Vinyes Velles is a superb effort for the warm, dry growing season, a little less open than the 2012, at least in the nose, where the fruit is black rather than red. On the palate there is a little more astringency and the tannins seem a bit more rustic, but still come through as a powerful and (contradictory) elegant 2011. (LG)  (6/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This red delivers a firm texture and good cut to the ripe flavors, showing plum, blackberry, licorice and toast notes, featuring firm tannins and moderate acidity. Intense, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2021. 300 cases imported. (TM)  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

A relatively newer Priorat project, Ferrer Bobet's bodegas and vineyards are based in Porrera, one of the finest areas in the region for its wealth of low yielding, old vine Cariñena and Garnacha, as well as its abundance of steeply inclined, slate vineyards. Organic viticulture, hand harvesting and a respectful elevage in a combination of 3,000 liter uprights and smaller barrels all combine to produce stylish, generously fruited and well balanced Priorat wines.

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2017 | Send Email
Perhaps the oldest and most well-developed "affordable" Priorat in the shop right now is this 2011 bottling from Ferrer Bobet, a wine that way over-delivers for the price. One doesn't expect to find so many layers of brambly black and blue fruits, sweet licorice, black pepper, coffee, cocoa, and cedary tree bark for only $25 a bottle. Nor does one anticipate such a grippy, tannic backbone that, at the finish, gives way to juicy acidity and lingering notes of mocha. Pick it up now and pair with just about any hearty dinner, but especially a Spanish lamb ragu.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2017 | Send Email
The palate is very floral easing into a granite note. The middle is full of blackberry and blueberry fruit, sweet oak, bitter chocolate and a finish hinting at slate, This is a dark and serious wine with touches of spice and wonderful balance.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
A blend of Cariñena (~70%) and Garnacha (30%). Slight smoky aromas, evoking especially charred dark fruit. Quickly moves towards red currant, dark cherry, licorice and mocha. Chewy blackberry and cherry skin on the palate; hints of cedar and licorice as well. Medium acidity, elegant tannin structure, and long finish. Lighter in body than most Priorat wines, this wine is perfect with anything from Sicilian pasta to BBQ. Great value for $25.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
A blend of Cariñena and Garnacha, the Ferrer Bobet is an authentic expression of the Priorat and its two star grape varieties. Fresh mixed berry and red fruits blend with subtle roasted grains on the nose, leading to a crisp palate with bright, lively dark fruit (typical of Carignane based wines from the region). This Priorat, with its several years of bottle age, is in a real sweet spot right now. And at under $25 its as good as it gets for this famous region.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

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.
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Priorato

Alcohol Content (%): 15
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