Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Mas La Plana, DO Penedès — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • The most pristine bunches of old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon are hand selected to craft Torres’ most prestigious red wine. A 1979 blind tasting in Paris, the Gault-Millau Wine Olympics, placed some of the world’s most respected wines such as Châteaux Latour against newcomers including Torres. The wine from Mas la Plana vineyard triumphed, placing first, and deserved recognition, putting Penedès on the map as benchmark quality for the best red wines in the world.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DO Penedès
    • Soil: Deep, yellowish grey-brown alluvial soils that are well drained and have a moderate water holding capacity. Made up of interbedded layers of gravel, sand, and clay.
  • Vintage Report

    • Generally speaking, 2016 was a dry year, especially during the summer months when rainfall levels were 64% below average. Temperatures were regular, and despite a cool growth season, they fell within normal range during maturation.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel tanks and oak foudres under controlled temperatures
    • Maceration: 15-25 days
    • Barrel Aging: 18 months in French oak (65% new)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.8 g/L
    • p H: 3.34
    • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Mas la Plana is graceful and balanced despite its firm and dominant tannin profile. Bright crunchy acidity ensures a wine that will develop in the cellar for years to come. This polished red displays hints of its Mediterranean heritage with herbaceous bramble while holding true to brooding currant and loamy earth, reminiscent of old-world Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Familia Torres Mas La Plana, DO Penedès — 2015 – Decanter – 94 Points

    From a dry vintage, with Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted on deep alluvial soils, winemaker Miguel Torres describes this as: 'A very classic vintage of Mas La Plana.' Black fruit aromas – blackberry, blackcurrant – some blackcurrant leaf, coffee and dark chocolate hints. Complex, layered palate, with mouth-filling black fruit, plum, liquorice, very elegant tannins and well integrated oak (18 months in French oak, 85% new). Very smooth and balanced, showing considerable freshness and finesse.

  • Familia Torres Mas La Plana, DO Penedès — 2016 – Decanter – 94 Points

    From a dry vintage, with Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted on deep alluvial soils, winemaker Miguel Torres describes this as: 'A very classic vintage of Mas La Plana.' Black fruit aromas – blackberry, blackcurrant – some blackcurrant leaf, coffee and dark chocolate hints. Complex, layered palate, with mouth-filling black fruit, plum, liquorice, very elegant tannins and well integrated oak (18 months in French oak, 85% new). Very smooth and balanced, showing considerable freshness and finesse.

  • Familia Torres Mas La Plana, DO Penedès — 2016 – James Suckling – 93 Points

    Lots of plum and sweet-berry aromas and flavors. Deep and rich with layers of fruit and round, integrated tannins. Love the finish. Fruity and layered with beautiful fruit and length. Needs time to come around. Better after 2022.

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