Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Perpetual, DOQ Priorat — 2017

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  • Introduction

    • A wine deep rooted in history reflecting the family’s commitment to the region of Priorat. Perpetual is crafted from 80-100 year old Garnacha and Cariñena vineyards. An intense wine, full of character and born to defeat time.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DOQ Priorat
    • Soil: Shallow soils developed over Carboniferous slate (Paleozoic) that drain swiftly and have a low water holding capacity. Arranged along steep slopes, these soils are responsible for the typicity of Priorat wines.
  • Vintage Report

    • In 2017, temperatures were within normal range throughout the growth season, but showed some variation over time: the first half was warmer—June was particularly hot—but the ripening period was unusually cool due to lower temperatures in September. In terms of total precipitation, the growth season saw little rainfall, and it is worth noting that the ripening period was especially dry.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperatures
    • Maceration: 20-24 days
    • Barrel Aging: For 18 months in new French oak barrels with thin grain
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Cariñena and Garnacha
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.48 g/L
    • p H: 3.44
    • RS: 0.6 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • An elegant and harmonious red, displaying characteristics found in only the finest  Cariñena and Garnacha blends. The combination of Priorat’s llicorella soil and temperate growing conditions yields medium bodied expression with highly approachable phenolic
      qualities. An exotic blend of ripe forest fruit, Mediterranean herbs, mineral nuances, and toasted holiday spice. An age worthy wine that drinks beautifully today.

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  • Familia Torres Perpetual, DOQ Priorat — 2017 – Vinous – 94 Points

    Glass-staining violet. A pungent, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh cherry, boysenberry and licorice, along with a suave floral overtone and a hint of smokiness. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors and an emerging exotic spice note. The impressively long, mineral- and floral-tinged finish is shaped by finegrained tannins that slowly fade away.

  • Familia Torres Perpetual, DOQ Priorat — 2017 – Decanter – 94 Points

    With the arrival of Mas de la Rosa in the Familia Torres Priorat wines, Perpetual could seem like a poor relation. However, it stands up well to the challenge. Bright floral aroma with red cherries. Sunburst of red fruits in the mouth, refreshed by a lift of citrus. Memorably brisk, vivid palate. Polished, well rounded, exuberant. Very confident.

  • Familia Torres Perpetual, DOQ Priorat — 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 92+ Points

    I tasted two vintages of the old-vine red from Priorat, from two very different years, and in both they have introduced some changes. The 2017 Perpetual comes from a warm, dry and low-yielding year when they went for a less-extractive vinification (shorter macerations), especially in the case of the Cariñena, which represents 79% of the blend here, with the remaining 21% being Garnacha. The grapes are sourced from slopes of old vines from local growers in the villages of Porrera, Torroja, Lloar, Molar and Bellmunt, mixing warmer and cooler places...

  • Familia Torres Perpetual, DOQ Priorat — 2017 – James Suckling – 93 Points

    A tight, focused red with blueberry, conifer, chocolate and cedar aromas and flavors. Rather linear in texture and length. A little tight, but a delicious and savory, even subtle wine in the end. Drinkable now, but better in 2021.

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