Torres, Mas La Plana, Cabernet sauvignon, D.O. Penedes, Spain, 2010
D.O. approved red varieties are cabernet sauvignon, grenache noir, merlot, monastrell (aka mourvedere, mataro), pinot noir, samso, syrah and ull de llebre.
This wine: varietal cabernet sauvignon, oak matured, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Ann et Vin, £32 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: full on nose of toasty blackcurrant, cedar and warm liquorice, some stewed red fruits and dried herbs; full on alcohol and a full body support the rich flavour intensity, with more black berries on the palate, cedar and spice again, with a marked black berried – warm liquorice finish.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium (not quite deep) intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of slightly high-toned blackcurrant jelly, toast, spice, cedar, stewed red plum and cranberry, touches of oak, earthy dried herbs, a little smoky, rounded off with warm liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, fine-grained ripe medium tannins, high alcohol and a full body, a velvety texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry, black currant, ripe red plum, dried herbs, cedar, lots of liquorice, with a medium (+) length and a black berried – warm liquorice finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, the structural combination of acidity and ripe tannins have a well judged balance with flavour intensity, better than average concentration, showing some complexity from oak and bottle ageing, and a tertiary dimension, with a decent but not outstanding length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: ready to drink, already well-developed, this will not improve markedly with further cellaring, but will hold for 2-3 years.