Torres, Gran Coronas, Reserva, Cabernet sauvignon, DO Penedes, Spain, 2012
This wine: a cabernet sauvignon dominated blend, aged in oak, natural cork closure, 14% abv, en France, €10 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of toast and liquorice opening out into dark berries, coconut hints and smoke; medium-full bodied, with black berries, liquorice and sweet oak notes, leading to a decent length. Benefits from an hour or so decanting. Well made, but nothing special.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of reticent fruit to start, with toast and lashings of liquorice, then opening out to black cherry, black berry, coconut, a little smoke, tarry wood, and a low-key floral lift.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, a smooth texture, medium intensity, with flavours of black currant, black cherry, toast, liquorice and sweet oak. A medium (+) length with a clean blackcurrant and black cherry finish underpinned by subtle oak.
Quality: good quality, acid plus tannins are in keeping with alcohol, all in balance with flavour intensity; modest flavour concentration, showing some complexity on the nose from time in oak and bottle, but little on the palate, follows into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging, but will keep for a year or two – a sound structure but concentration and indicative complexity and length are lacking.