Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Salmos, DOQ Priorat — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • In 1996, the Torres Family began planting vineyards on the black slate-like “Licorella” soils of Priorat. Salmos is considered a tribute to the Carthusian monks who planted the first grapevines in Priorat in 1095.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DOQ Priorat
    • Soil: Shallow soils developed over Carboniferous (Paleozoic) slates that drain swiftly and have a low water holding capacity. It is precisely these soils, located on steep slopes, that give Priorat wines their typicity.
  • Vintage Report

    • Throughout 2016, the temperature distribution was irregular: the year got off to a cold start, the summer was generally normal, and toward the end it was warm, especially the months of September and October. In terms of total precipitation, 2016 could be considered a normal year. However, it is worth noting that the vegetative cycle was dry and the ripening period, very dry.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature for 9-12 days
    • Maceration: 20 days
    • Barrel Aging: 14 months in French oak (25% new)
    • Bottled: July 2018
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 65% Cariñena, 30% Garnacha and 5% Syrah
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.4 g/L
    • p H: 3.43
    • RS: 0.6 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Opaque, dark cherry red. Intense, concentrated. Seductively expressive fruit (jammy cassis) culminating in delicate dried fruit notes (plum) and a distinctive, terroir-imparted mineral nuance. The palate is firm, lively, flavorful, with elegant, velvety tannins. Persistent and round.

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Reviews

  • Familia Torres Salmos, DOQ Priorat — 2016 – Jancis Robinson – 16.5+ Points

    The nose is a little less emphatic than I was expecting. Though the tannins and bright liquorice fruit are certainly there in abundance. This should not disappoint a newcomer to the DO even if it's a bit Priorat Lite. I'd suggest decanting it to let it flourish aromatically. The palate manages to be both warm and very stony. (The wine offers the distinct and not remotely unattractive prospect of licking warm and grainy stones.) By no means a silly price for a wine that has the potential to develop in bottle for quite a while.

  • Familia Torres Salmos, DOQ Priorat — 2016 – Decanter – 91 Points

    Decadent interplay of sumptuous warm fruits, cedar and vanilla. Oaky and ripe. Very well defined, not aiming for complexity.

  • Familia Torres Salmos, DOQ Priorat – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    Earthy and mineral notes frame a core of plum and wild herb flavors in this thick red. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity support the dense texture. Subtle, savory and intense. Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2030. 891 cases imported.

  • Familia Torres Salmos, DOQ Priorat – 2016 – James Suckling – 93 Points

    A juicy and flavorful red with dark-berry, spice and walnut character. Medium body. Firm and silky. Very long and delicious. Why wait? Drink now.

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