Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Mas de la Rosa, DOQ Priorat — 2017

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  • Introduction

    • Originating from a Torres family-owned vineyard comprising 80-year-old Cariñena and Garnacha vines. Reaching almost 500 meters (1,640 feet) at its highest point, the vineyard is only accessible by a narrow, winding, unpaved road. The selection of the most prized fruit from this truly remarkable vineyard casts inspiration for this iconic and limited bottling.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DOQ Priorat
    • Soil: The vineyard is known as Coster (a Catalan word that denotes a steep slope). The soil is shallow and comprised of only one horizon, with bedrock immediately underneath (about 10–15 cm). It is relatively acidic, with low organic matter derived from weathered llicorella, a type of dark copper-colored laminated rock. The vines spread their roots around the rocky layers in search of moisture, water and nutrients
  • Vintage Report

    • The weather of the 2017 vintage began to stand out by the end of winter when the vegetative cycle began with above average abundant rainfall. The end of the vegetative cycle was marked by an extremely hot spring and early dry summer. In the warmer lower elevations of the region, these conditions accelerated the ripening cycle and the harvest date was brought forward about 10 days earlier than average. Although in the cooler higher elevations of Porrera, the heat had less influence. Overall, the conditions and clones in the Mas de la Rosa vineyards favored a great quality harvest of fruit.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures
    • Maceration: 8–9 days maceration
    • Barrel Aging: In French oak barrels for 16 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Garnacha and Cariñena
    • Alcohol: 14.0%
    • TA: 5.43 g/L
    • p H: 3.26
    • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Low yield farming welcomes opulence and fine silken tannins. Ripe summer plum, baked cherry and mulberry depth is integrated with generous and lingering notes of cocoa, vanillin and licorice.

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  • Familia Torres Mas de la Rosa, DOQ Priorat — 2017 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points

    Elegant, with nice tension, this red offers seamless complexity with cherry, forest floor, currant and vivid mineral undertones all bound with a vibrant acidity. Harmonious, with plum, spice, loamy earth and tea flavors melding together on the finish. Engaging and complex.

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