100 years ago at Bodega Casa Sala: Ferrer Family Wines was born. Freixenet, which is a Cava you have read about numerous times on the blog is one of the first cava’s produced and bottled. The Freixenet brand is now one of the ten largest wine producers in the world from the Pendès region of Spain.
To make this Cava, only very special vines are used and pressed with a certified Champagne press, using only free run juice, which is the only grape juice that offers 100% quality. Although this also yields barely 50%, the Freixenet brand insists on giving you quality cava how it was one hundred years ago.
I had the fortune of dining with some fantastic wine writers in the industry as well as Josep Ferrer Miranda, Brand Manager of Freixenet, USA. He is part of the family and upholds the tradition and passion of this wine brand. To broaden the families horizons and invest in other wonderful Spanish winemaking regions, I was excited to see that Ferrer Family Wines presents a selection of wines that showcase the broad range of styles in Spain. Each wine is crafted in-house by winemakers with deep roots in their respective region.
From the D.O’s of Ribera del Duero to Montsant, and Priorat to Cava, you will find the Ferrer Family invested in some amazing wine regions of Spain. Dining at Landmarc Restaurant in NYC, you will find these Spanish wines go beautifully with all types of cuisine.
The Wine Lineup
Pairing: Fried Calamari with Spicy Tomato Sauce, warm Goat Cheese Profiteroles, and Pork and Beef Meatballs over Polenta Terrine.
Valdubón Reserva 2009: 100% Tempranillo in French oak. This wine is Roble style (aged 5 months in oak). The wines of Valdubón are powerfully elegant, bold and balanced, and finely structured, each expressing the impressive character of Tempranillo grown in Ribera del Duero. This wine is a great price for the quality, drinkability, and aging potential: $24-30.00 retail.
Garbo 2012: These grapes ripen quick in August, producing fruity mineral driven wines. Produced in the Montsant denomination of origin (D.O.) at Viñas del Montsant. The estate is located in the small town Marçá in the southern portion of this rugged and mountainous appellation. Garbó wines are made solely from estate-grown fruit from vines ranging in age from 25 to 40 years old. Retail: $19-20.00.
Pairing: Skirt Steak with French Fries, Field Greens and Shallot Bordelaise
Mas De Subirà 2010: From D.O.C. Priorat, Mas de Subirá is an outstanding red that really captures the unique terroir of this region, which is one of Spain’s most prestigious appellations. The winery: Viticultors del Priorat, located in Bellmunt del Priorat, is surrounded by 47 acres of vineyards in current production. The vines are planted on select slopes and plateaus at altitudes between 500 and 700 feet, and range in age from 25-40 years old.
Morlanda 2007: Also from D.O.C. Priorat, made by the same winemaker as the Mas De Subrià, using 40 year old vines planted on all indigenous slopes that are terraced. Organic soil and absolutely beautiful as many of the wines are from this region. This wine went beautifully with the Skirt Steak (cooked medium rare) and field greens, which added some bitterness to this fruit forward and mineral driven wine.
Pairing: Landmarc’s Signature Desserts
Casa Sala Gran Reserva Brut: D.O. Cava with a label thats the same as they used to produce when the winery first started. Vintage, bold and beautiful with an elegant citrus forward nose, striking salinity, and nice brioche. This wine is hand riddled showcasing the passion for cava production and the love the family has for this popular wine style.
For those seeking some great wine recommendations from Spain, remember to look here on Somm In The City. Spanish wines are a passion of mine, and I can’t wait to keep showcasing the beauty and quality to you all!