Torres started making wine in Priorat a couple of years ago, they aren’t just buying some grapes and renting some space, instead they built a new winery, bought some vineyards and have kept very true to the style and nature of this tiny region. This is the first release, it is cracking value. A blend of garnacha, syrah, carinena, and cabernet sauvignon bunged in new french oak for 9 months. This is much less structured and tannic than many wines from this region, otherwise all the trademark characters are there. Personally, I think it’s good to see the softer side of Priorat from time to time.
These Torres wines are difficult for me to review for a couple of reasons, but mainly due to the fact that they are quite good, enjoyable wines, but they aren’t very Spanish. It was quite trendy in the late 70s and early 80s to plant things likeCabernet and chardonnay in your vineyard to try and sell to the mass market. There are still plenty of companies that make good money doing this, and it serves a purpose (making money for the shareholders seems to be the main one, but I have nothing against that). Personally I would rather see a garnarcha blend that reeks of Spain (such as Sangre de Toro, which really is Torres’s best wine for me)…
Its good to see some Torres gear still hitting the shelves, they seem to have been forgotten in many parts and relegated to the bargain bin. Torres tend to use a high proportion of ‘international’ varieties such as Cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, while I am not too keen on this I do think that many of their wines are good drinking and good value. I have a couple of their wines in at the moment, including their new Priorat venture.
Late last year, The Spanish Acquisition put on a retrospective tasting of all of the vintages of Cillar de Silos Crianza that they have brought into the country, right back to the 1997….
These 2006 wines for Cillar de Silos are looking quite smart. I’d rate this on par with the 05, which was very impressive in my book. If you don’t have any of this in your cellar and you’re a fan ofRibera del Duero you could do a lot worse than a couple of bottle of this in the cellar. A trio of Alion, Pesquera and this would be a very interesting look at modern style Ribera del Duero in 10 years…
I attended The Spanish Aquisition 2005 Premiums Tasting on Monday and tasted a range of wines from the 2005 vintage in Spain and Portugal. And what a show it was, these 2005s are looking excellent and there is something here for everyone. Here are some quick notes on the Spanish wines tasted, as [...]
Overview Ribera del Duero is probably the second most well known red wine region in Spain behind Rioja. But that is about where the similarities end. The region has a long tradition of making more full bodied wines from Tempranillo, as well as a range of varieties from Bordeaux. Whites are uncommon (only 3% of [...]
It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, so I gave this a quick splash in the decanter and went out for dinner in Carlton. We stopped in at Gerald's Bar for a few refreshing beverages after dinner, its my kind of place. Its kind of like a quiet spot for classy booze [...]
For some reason I decided not to write up tastings when I started out, something about not being able to do the wine justice in such a small window. I'm still not happy to give a full tasting note or score from a tasting, but I now think a quite impression is more helpful than [...]
So on to the 2004. I often wonder how usefull side by side tastings are, but this one was quite informative. The problem is that while the wines are not too far apart in age (1 year) how much of a difference does that make compared to the vintage? Most of the time, not much [...]