Celler Frisach

Francesc Ferre’s family has been farming grapes organically in Corbera d’Ebre for over 200 years, but only just began making wine in 2009 with then 21 year-old Francesc at the helm, fresh out of school.  It looks as if a giant pulled a ripcord from the earth to create the mountains on either side of their mediterranean valley, flanked by a forest to the east and a modern phalanx of windmills on its blustery western ridge. Corbera’s combination of hot, dry days in the Mediterranean sun, evening marinada onshore wind, and cool nights at Corbera’s high elevation allows grapes to maintain their acidity in otherwise arid conditions and makes it an ideal place to grow fresh, vivacious garnatxa.
"The wines of Francesc Ferre are a lovesong to Terra Alta... dynamic, youthful, rural, naked, and happy." -Joseph Roca, Somellier

Wines

Garnatxa Blanca La Foradada

Varietal: Grenache Blanc

Color: White

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 21 year-old Garnatxa Blanca. Iron-rich highly calcareous clay @ 390 m. Skin fermented. Aged 9 months in stainless steel. No SO2, no filtration.

Garnatxa Blanca Vernatxa

Varietal: Grenache Blanc

Color: White

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 24 year-old Garnatxa Blanca. Petrified sand dunes (panal) @ 400 m. Skin-fermented then aged 6 months in 500 L oak barrels. No filtration, minimal SO2.

L’Abrunet Blanc

Varietal: Grenache Blanc

Color: White

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 21 year-old garnatxa blanca, Iron-rich calcareous clay @390m above sea level. Two harvests: at 11.5° for freshness and at 14° for phenolics. Crushed and given 14 hours skin contact before spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel. Aged 3.5 months on the fine lees in stainless steel. Absolute minimal filtration, minimal SO2.

L’Abrunet Negre

Varietal: Grenache, Carignan

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 60/40 Garnatxa & Cariñena. 26 year-old Garnatxa @ 425 m on top of a windy ridge on petrified sand dunes and iron-rich calcareous clay. 31 year-old Cariñena @ 330 m on rocky calcareous clay. The different microclimates ripen garnatxa and cariñena together so they can be co-fermented in underground cement vats called trulls that his grandparents built. Must is retrieved bucket by bucket, pressed and transferred to the next vat where it ages on the fine lees 5 months. Absolute minimal filtration, minimal SO2.

L’Abrunet Rosat

Varietal: Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris

Color: Rose

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 50% Grenache Gris, 30% Grenache, 20% Grenache Blanc. Planted on calcareous clay at 400 meters above sea level. All the grapes for their rosat comes from a single vineyard and are harvested together at the same time. Picked, destemmed/crushed and macerated together for 24 hours before then being pressed off. Only the free run juice is used for the rosat. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel. 3000 bottles produced. 250 cs produced.

Sang De Corb

Varietal: Grenache, Grenache Peluda, Carignan

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified Organic. 66 year-old Garnatxa (40%), Garnatxa Peluda (20%), Cariñena (40%). Iron-rich calcareous clay, alluvial soils @ 300m above sea level. Vines co-planted amongst almond, olive, and apple trees. Co-fermented in stainless steel and aged on the fine lees for 3.5 months then transferred to mostly neutral 300 L French oak barrels for 12 months. Absolute minimal filtration, minimal SO2.

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