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2014 Ferrer Bobet Priorat Seleccion Especial Vinyes Velles

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RATINGS

95Jeb Dunnuck

...spectacular, singular wine from this estate. Sporting an inky purple color as well as classic and varietal notes of black cherry, black plums, Asian spices, cedarwood, lead pencil, and incense, it hits the palate with medium to full body, a light, elegant texture, nicely integrated acidity, and plenty of polished tannins...

94The Wine Advocate

...from extremely old vines... ...harmonious, nuanced and expressive, with dark fruit and an earthy sensation reminiscent of peat and wet stones. The palate is full-bodied with a textured feeling and some fine-grained tannins, lifted by good freshness and acidity. It finishes dry and long.

91Wine Spectator

Cherry, currant and cola flavors mingle in this firm red. Solid tannins support the broad texture, while balsamic acidity keeps this lively. Shows density and concentration...

REGION

Spain, Cataluna, Priorato

Priorat in southern Catalonia is one of Spain’s newer regions for quality wines. With only about 2,500 vineyard acres, it is not one of Spain’s larger appellations, and its rocky mountains and hillsides make for challenging vineyard management. But grapes have been grown here in the rich, volcanic soil since at least the Middle Ages, when Carthusian monks planted vineyards. Bulk wines were the main focus here until the late 1970s, when pioneering Spanish winemakers Alvaro Palacios and René Barbier replanted vineyards and vastly improved winemaking in the region. Clos Mogador, Clos Erasmus and Finca Dofi were some of the now much-admired wineries started in the later decades of the 20th century. By the 1990s many innovative, quality-focused wineries were started in Priorat, making it one of the hottest winemaking regions in Spain. Priorat was made a DO in 1954 but upgraded to the prestigious Demoninación de Origen Calificada, or DOCa, in 2000. (In Catalan, the regional language, the appellation abbreviation is DOQ.) Full-flavored, full-bodied wines with relatively high alcohol content are characteristic of Priorat, with Garnacha (Grenache) and Carinena (Carignan) being the traditional grapes.