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Domaine Isabel Ferrando History, Overview
Domaine Ferrando is one of the newer, really hot properties in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Domaine Ferrando is owned by Isabel Ferrando. Since their debut vintage in 2004, they have been on fire!
Isabel Ferrando did not intend to have a career as a winemaker. In fact, her first career was in the banking industry. Isabel Ferrando changed her life, moving from the financial world to a life in wine. Isabel Ferrando learned about winemaking in the Gigondas appellation, while working for Raspail Ay.
Isabel Ferrando founded the estate in 2004 when she purchased 3.9 hectares of vines in the southern part of the appellation. The goal, according to Isabel Ferrando was to create a wine that was distinct from Domaine Saint Prefert, her other Southern Rhone property.
The difference for her was about the uniqueness of terroir in each location. To help her realize her ambitions, she brought in Philippe Cambie as the consultant.
The best vintages of Domaine Isabel Ferrando are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2005.
Domaine Isabel Ferrando Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Isabel Ferrando produces 2 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines.
Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis is made from 100% old vine Grenache that ranges in age from 65 years to more than 100 years of age. The terroir is mostly sandy soils, as well as clay soil. The vines are in 3 lieu-dits, Cristia, Les Roues and Colombis, which is where the wine takes its name from. Domaine Ferrando Colombis made its official debut with the 2004 vintage.
The percentage of stems included varies, from vintage to vintage. For example, in 2009 and in 2010, two very ripe vintages, Colombis was vinified using only whole cluster fruit, meaning that 100% of the grape stems were included during the fermentation. That has not always the case here. But starting with the 2009 vintages, the berries have not been destemmed.
Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis is made from 100% old vine Grenache. The wine is aged in a combination of short, conical shaped oak vats and used French oak barrels.
Not much of this wine is made. Production of Ferrando Colombis is on average, about 550 cases per vintage. This is a great expression of Chateauneuf du Pape and while it can be difficult to find, especially after the wine has been in the marketplace for a few years, it is worth the effort to find a few bottles.
Domaine Saint Prefert Isabel Ferrando F601 is the newest entry in the strong stable of wines from Isabel Ferrando. 2018 is the initial release. Produced from 100% old vine Cinsault planted in 1928.The wine takes its name from the parcel where the vines are planted, which is located on the far south of the estate. The terroir is vert fine sand with quartz and a subsoil of blue clay. The wine is aged completely in demi-muids. F601 is close to impossible to find as only 800 bottles are produced.
Isabel Ferrando also produces not only Saint Prefert, but in addition she produces red and white wine in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.
When to Drink Domaine Isabel Ferrando, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine Isabel Ferrando can be enjoyed young, with about 1-2 hours of decanting. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine Isabel Ferrando is usually better with 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 4-18 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine Ferrando with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Ferrando is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine Ferrando is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine Ferrando is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.
The white wine of Domaine Ferrando is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine Isabel Ferrando Wine Tasting Notes
12 Vintages 45,901 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
In any vintage this would be a serious wine, but in a difficult vintage like 2018, this is stunning. With a rich hue, the wine is all about the silky, plush layers of ripe, sweet, pure, raspberries, kirsch and cherries that are there right from the start and never want to quit. The strong floral notes are perfect for the wines elegant charm. Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, for a wine at this level of quality and character, it is one of the steals of the vintage! 97 Points
1,353 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2020
|2018||Domaine Isabel Ferrando F601 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
No F601 is not the latest supercar from Ferrari. It is the most recent offering from Isabel Ferrando. From 100% Cinsault planted in 1928, the parcel is named F601. This stunning wine offers a beautiful perfume packed with flowers, spice box, wild cherries, kirsch, underbrush, and red plums. Soft, silky, fresh, clean and pure, with spicy top notes that fit perfectly with all those sweet raspberries and kirsch notes, the wine, aged in demi-muid is going to be impossible to find as only 800 bottles were produced. Each bottle comes in its own display box, so if you find a bottle, grab it! 97 Points
2,003 Views Tasted Jan 8, 2021
|2017||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Garrigue, plum, kirsch and cherries are made even better with their spicy, peppery kick. Rich, fresh, juicy clean and pure, the red cherries pop with energetic freshness and purity. The finish, which shows more of that beautiful sense of purity feels as good as it tastes on the palate. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache. 97 Points
3,235 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2016||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Deep ruby in color, the wine is concentrated, lush, round and peppery fresh. There is a definition to each layer of fruit that varies from black raspberry to kirsch. Opulent, rich and fresh, this is pure velvet in the mouth. The finish, with its purity of fruit seriously goes on and on. Complete decadence is the best way to describe this must have wine. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache. For a wine of this quality, it is one of the steals of the vintage! 100 Points
4,916 Views Tasted Sep 18, 2018
|2015||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
A cornucopia of herbs, a bit of pepper, and thyme with mint on top, with all the kirsch you could ask for, the wine is full bodied, and deep, yet equally fresh and light on its feet. Powerful and refined, the finish leaves you wanting another sip of this elixir. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache. 97 Points
7,226 Views Tasted Aug 24, 2017
|2014||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Made from 100% Grenache, the wine is silky, sensuous and fresh, with symmetry and a poised, elegant, ripe, sweet, cherry dominated finish. This is a really solid effort for the vintage. 93 Points
2,131 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2012||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
A mélange of fresh, sweet, ripe red berries and spices are at the front of this wine. It’s sweet, spicy, fresh character leaves a good impression on the nose and an even better one on palate. A few years will add more to this 100% Grenache wine. 92 Points
3,038 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2011||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, flowery red berries, soft, open and forward, the wine is all about the elegant fresh, ripe cherry and garrigue character that carries through the finish. 91 Points
2,442 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2010||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Full-bodied, but not even close to over the top, the combination of luscious, silky textures, pure, sweet, fresh, black raspberry and kirsch and length and vivacity makes this perfect for current drinking. You can also age it for more secondary development. 96 Points
3,394 Views Tasted Dec 9, 2018
If you like your Chateauneuf du Pape produced from loads of perfectly ripe dark, red fruit, topped with pepper, garrigue and fennel, with lush, juicy fruits and plush textures that end with a long, mouth filling, fresh, sweet, enticing finish, you came to the right place. 96 Points
3,498 Views Tasted Jul 9, 2015
|2009||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
A beautiful expression of sweet, ripe, kirsch, juicy fresh, black berries, thyme and voluptuous textures. The wine has richness, ripe fruits and a lively, fresh character giving it vibrancy. 94 Points
3,410 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2015
|2007||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Mind blowing juice from start to finish! The explosive nose, with its herbs de Provence, black pepper, thyme and sprigs of mint topped with olive tapenade is off the hook. But the incredible wall of opulent, perfectly ripe, fruit, spice, kirsch liqueur and juicy plum notes, with its fat, juicy, opulent, viscous, silky textures must last at least 50 seconds. Little air is needed for this baby, pop and pour works just fine. If someone wanted to score this just a bit higher, I get it, because it is that good! 98 Points
3,601 Views Tasted May 31, 2016
From 100% old vine Grenache, the wine blasts off with cherry liqueur, black pepper, Provencal herbs, strawberry jam and spicy raspberries, Full bodied and packed with sweet, ripe Grenache, this ostentatious Chateauneuf du Pape delivers the unique combination of pleasure and unique character for a fair price. 95 Points
3,489 Views Tasted May 2, 2012
|2005||Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This is drinking great today. The wine is lushly textured, concentrated, vibrant and lusty. There is a depth of flavor with the juicy, ripe, kirsch with overtones of thyme, assorted herbs, pepper and sweet cherries. 94 Points
2,165 Views Tasted Mar 6, 2018