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Ferrer-Ribiere Carignan Empreinte du Temps Vdp Cotes Catalanes 2014

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This cuvee is subtitled 'Empreinte du Temps,' which could be translated 'fingerprint of time.' It is made from a small parcel of gnarled, low-yielding 136-year-old Carignan vines growing in gravelly, pebbly clay (the water-retaining qualities of which enabled the vines to ripen to optimal maturity despite the drought of '03). Not only is the vine age remarkable, but so is its grape composition: Carignan is not unusual in the Roussillon, but wines that are 100% this variety are. Organic/biodynamic (not certified). Not yet reviewed; 2013 vintage rated 91 points by Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...a beauty, with textbook purple fruits, black cherry, old leather, violets and wild-herb characteristics giving way to a medium-bodied, pure, elegant red that has bright acidity and fine tannin. Coming from 136-year-old Carignan vines and aged in older barrels, this is a brilliant rendition of Carignan that will evolve nicely for over a decade.

Region: France

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Color: Red
Varietal: Counoise
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This cuvee is subtitled 'Empreinte du Temps,' which could be translated 'fingerprint of time.' It is made from a small parcel of gnarled, low-yielding 136-year-old Carignan vines growing in gravelly, pebbly clay (the water-retaining qualities of which enabled the vines to ripen to optimal maturity despite the drought of '03). Not only is the vine age remarkable, but so is its grape composition: Carignan is not unusual in the Roussillon, but wines that are 100% this variety are. Organic/biodynamic (not certified). Not yet reviewed; 2013 vintage rated 91 points by Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...a beauty, with textbook purple fruits, black cherry, old leather, violets and wild-herb characteristics giving way to a medium-bodied, pure, elegant red that has bright acidity and fine tannin. Coming from 136-year-old Carignan vines and aged in older barrels, this is a brilliant rendition of Carignan that will evolve nicely for over a decade.

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