Reserva Real, DO Penedès — 2016
- DO Penedès
Overall, 2016 was a normal year in terms of temperature. That being said, the growth season was cold. As for rainfall, 2016 was a dry year, both during the vegetative cycle and fruit maturation. It is worth noting that the summer months were very dry, with the June through August period receiving 75% less rain than usual.
- Harvest Date(s): Cabernet Sauvignon: From the 11th of October; Merlot: From the 28th of September; Cabernet Franc: From the 3rd of October
- Fermentation: 7 days at 26°C
- Maceration: Between 15-20 days
- Barrel Aging: 18 months in new French oak barrels
- Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 5.91 g/L
- p H: 3.33
- RS: 0.4 g/L
- Optimum Drinking: Due to the excellent quality of its tannins, it will mature beautifully for the next 15–20 years.
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.
Familia Torres Reserva Real, DO Penedès — 2016 – Vinous – 95 Points
Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, cherry cola, pipe tobacco, toasty oak and vanilla, along with a building floral topnote. Smooth, broad, appealingly sweet black currant, cherry-vanilla and spicecakeflavors show outstanding depth and energy; a vibrant mineral note drives the midpalate. The mineral and floral notes resonate on a strikingly long, chewy, focused finish that features fine-grained tannins and intense dark fruit character.
Familia Torres Reserva Real, DO Penedès — 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – 96 Points
Ripe, smooth berry and currant aromas come with a note of graphite on a convincing nose that promises great things to come. The palate on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc is smooth and pure, with modest but notable acidic kick. Blackberry, cassis and black pepper flavors are on the money, while this registers as composed, balanced and holding more in store; drink from 2024–2045. Park Street Imports. Cellar Selection.
Familia Torres Reserva Real, DO Penedès — 2016 – Decanter – 95 Points
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, first created in 1995 to celebrate King Juan Carlos I of Spain visiting the Torres winery. Grapes are planted in the 4ha Les Arnes vineyard on slate soils, which are unusual for the area. Aged for 18 months in new French oak, it offers generously black-fruited spicy aromas, cassis, damson, cherry, edged with vanilla. Deep, layered palate with dark berries and cassis, framed by elegant tannins and black spices. Juicy freshness to the finish, some richer chocolate notes, spice and leather; good potential for ageing.
Familia Torres Reserva Real, DO Penedès — 2016 – James Suckling – #59 Top 100 Wines of Spain -95 Points
The aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and tar are persuasive. Some walnut and smoke, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, lightly chewy tannins and an intense, flavorful finish. Very structured and powerful. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Needs time to soften. Better after 2022.