The Vinyes Velles 2017 by winery Ferrer Bobet is a red blend and is composed of 74% Cariñena and 26% Grenache.
The grapes are harvested by hand in 10 kg crates of grapes from costers and slate terraces. Grape by grape, they are sorted on the double sorting table and placed in tanks by gravity. Fermentation in wooden and stainless steel tanks of 15 and 30 Hl. Malolactic transformation and maturation in fine-grained, lightly toasted French oak barrels for 15 months. Bottled without clarification or filtration. Minimum bottle aging of 11 months.
23,290 bottles and 501 magnums were produced. The 2017 Vinyes Velles was bottled in June 2019.
This 2017 Ferrer Bobet shows a deep dark red color with purple reflections.
This Ferrer Bobet 2017 shows a deep dark red color with purple reflections.
In the nose, nice aromas of ripe blackberries, berries and plums with hints of bay leaf, cedar, tobacco and violets.
Huge acid structure and fine tannins provide good drinkability and digestibility. Playful, lively and very interesting glass of wine. Scents and flavors of black fruits, exotic spices, elegant cedar, and lavender. Beautiful and elegant long finish.
Pairs perfectly with:
Beef, lamb, stews, game, tenderloin, roast/grilled meats, Spanish jamon, and hard cheeses.
Robert Parker gave 95 Parker points to this Priorat blend and described the wine as follows.
The 2017 Vinyes Velles is produced with 74% Cariñena and 26% Garnacha from slope vineyards older than 70 years on llicorella slate soils all within the boundaries of the village of Porrera. All the wines are produced in a similar way - fermentation after a short cold soak, with pumping over and knocking off and maceration until the taste tells them it is enough.
This wine matured for 16 months in 225-liter French barriques. In a warmer year, the high percentage of Cariñena worked wonders; it has spice and floral aromas and a rustic edge, but is predominantly elegant. It has a wonderful structure and the tannins are very fine; there is absolutely no sense of heat, and it has great balance and a very tasty finish. The oak is perfectly integrated. These wines have a very low pH, as there is no potassium in the slate soil and the wines retain a good freshness.
Robert Parker - 95 points
Josh Raynolds - 94 points