The blog PlanetaVino.net published a great review for Ferrer Bobet wines. Entitled “Spanish Wine Review: Ferrer-Bobet Vinyes 2010″, Mary O’Connor writes “I love Ferrer Bobet wines because they totally embrace the terroir that has made the Priorat region famous but also have a slight modern and clean edge that makes them stand out from the pack.” As O’connor writes, the winery is amazing to visit and truly represents the perfect intersection of total dedication to the unique land of Priorat and cutting edge winemaking techniques. She tasted both the 2009 and 2010 together, click the image below to read her full review of both vintages.
The Tasted Journal Magazine has published the results of their blind tasting of Spanish wines. In their Priorat section Ferrer Bobet receives great comments and scores by reviewers Markus del Monego and Andreas Larsson. Their scores and reviews are below. Click here to read all their reviews.
Vinyes Velles 2009
Andreas Larsson - “Very youthful, blue/purple colour; the
nose displays some mineral notes and dark
inky fruit – blackcurrant, blackberry, plum
and discreet oak; attractively built palate
with backbone of fine tannin and acidity,
really fine, dark fruit, a notion of minerality
and long pure finish – very good.” 94 Points
Markus del Monego – “Dark, purple red with violet hue and
black centre. Complex and pure nose with
aromas of vanilla and cardamom, smoky
hints, roasted flavour and opulent fruit. On
the palate well balanced, tannins ripe and
well balanced, good length with juicy fruit.” 93 Points
Seleccio Especial 2009
Andreas Larsson - “Intense youthful purple colour, intense
nose of dark plum, cassis, cherry and
roasted oak, the palate is still very young
with a dense structure, abundant dark fruit,
fine and polished tannin, good freshness
and very long finish, excellent potential.” 92 Points
Markus del Monego – “Dark, purple red with violet hue
and black centre. Densely woven aromas
in the nose, which is slightly closed at the
moment, but display potential. On the palate
well balanced with juicy character with
mature and well integrated tannins. Good
length.” 91 Points
Sergi Ferrer’s Monvínic restaurant has been open for several years in Barcelona and continues to attract an eager crowd. There are three distinct parts as explained in the Wall Street Journal: the restaurant, the wine bar and the library. Reservations must be made at least a few weeks in advance and seats at the wine bar can be taken on a first come, first served basis. The wine list is outstanding with over 3,000 selections from all over the world offers plenty of information, including producer profiles and tasting notes, not to mention the 50 featured wines that can be had by the glass and is changed every two weeks. To read the full article in the Wall Street Journal click the image below of Chef Sergi de Meià in the Monvínic kitchen.
Sergi Ferrer talks about how old-vine Carignane can produce wines of beautiful concentration and elegance.
The press behind the Ferrer Bobet wines is honestly astonishing. We were just forwarded an article in which Spanish Magazine “VINO + GASTRONOMIA” did a comprehensive study to determine the 300 greatest wines in Spain. Ferrer Bobet Seleccio Especial 2008 comes in as the number four red wine in all of Spain, behind Vega Sicilia Unico and just two other wines. More to look forward to! Telmo Rodriguez also had two wines on the list, the barrel-fermented Rueda that he just launched (“El Transistor”) and Pegaso 2007.
You can see the study here (in Spanish), it’s quite beautifully presented: http://vinoygastronomia.es/Catas_1.pdf
Ferrer Bobet received a series of stunning accolades in Robert Parker’s just-released issue of the Wine Advocate. Spanish critic Jay Miller tasted three different vintages of the two Priorat wines – 2007, 2008 and 2009 – giving each a progressively high rating.
- 2007 Priorat: 94 points
- 2008 Priorat: 96 points
- 2009 Priorat: 95-98 points
- 2007 Seleccio Especial: 95 points
- 2008 Seleccio Especial: 97 points
In his excerpt on the winery, Miller declared Ferrer/Bobet 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.”
In a exclusive tasting of Spain’s best wines from Priorat, the Catalan term for Priorato, Eric Asimov and Florence Fabricant of The New York Times discussed the high hills of Catalonia that are finally being recognized for producing powerful, seductive and still balanced expressions of terroir.
“‘These wines are big, and they’re strong, but they seduce,’” Victoria Levin of NYC’s Tangled Vine said in the article. “‘You taste it, you feel it, you want to touch it. It’s very visceral to me.’”
Among the wines tasted was the 2006 Ferrer Bobet. “Big, powerful and concentrated with smooth black fruit flavors,” the wine earned 2.5 out of 3 stars.
Read the entire story here.
The 2007 releases from Ferrer Bobet dominated Wine & Spirits magazine’s recent coverage of Priorat, with the 2007 Selecció Especial earning 94 points, the highest score awarded! This is tremendous recognition for only the third vintage released by this breakout star. Even more impressive, the well-priced 2007 Priorat walked away with 92 points, making it one of the best values coming out of Spain.
Ferrer Bobet Selecció Especial 2007
“Made from a selection of old-vine carignan, this is disguised as an international style of Priorat when first poured, with scents of new oak and sweet fruit. But give it a few hours in the glass and it changes radically, revealing intense ripe cherry flavors along with a pointed acidity that accompanies the fruit from start to finish. The tannic structure is both light and firm, like a spider web made of steel thread.” 94 Wine & Spirits
Ferrer Bobet Priorat 2007
“There’s an internal debate going on between this wine’s warmth of alcohol and the juiciness of its ripe fruit. A blend of carignan and garnacha, it resolves into gracious depths of sweet flavors, melting into a texture as creamy as a cappuccino. For lamb chops.” 92 Wine & Spirits
Well-known Spanish wine critic Juan Fernández-Cuesta recently published the 2011 ABC Guide, which focuses on high-end wines that cost less than €30. Not surprisingly, Ferrer-Bobet tops the list for Priorat with a score of 93 points.
“If are looking for all the characteristics of a Priorat in one glass of wine, but sublimely combined and accessible to everyone, then you should buy this wine. A good price, abundant fruit, mineral and balsamic notes, high quality oak, all brought together by excellent winemaking. Powerful, rich, elegant. 15 months barrel aging. Grape varieties: carignan (61%), grenache noir (37%) and cabernet sauvignon. 93″
“Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been to every wine bar in the world, so it may be that there are other contenders to the throne, but Monvínic in Barcelona is certainly the best wine bar I’ve been to in recent memory. When the sommelier at El Bulli tells you you can’t miss it, you would be foolish not to act on the advice.
“I’m only sorry I didn’t check out Monvínic till my last night in Barcelona, but it’s definitely one more reason to return.”
Read more about the design and special offerings of Monvínic here.