Miguel Torres, Perpetual, DOCa Priorat, Catalonia, Spain, 2011
This wine: lot No. L3235, a blend of garnacha and carinena, aged in French oak for 18 months, coated natural cork closure (stained to half length, and standing 1 mm proud of the bottle mouth), 15% abv, Ann et Vin, £30 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: deep ruby hued, with strong aromas of rich ripe black currant and black cherry, hints of vanilla and toast, then black liquorice and black olive; full-bodied with high yet well-integrated alcohol, ever so slightly porty, with a sweet-seeming palate of black cherry boiled sweets, black currant juice, a touch savoury with an oaky undertone. Finishes medium-long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [1/4 tea spoon of soft sediment].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a meaty nuance, ever so slightly high-toned black currant juice, hint of vanilla with a creamy lactic edge, hint of toast which increases with time, savoury, leaf humus, beeswax, stewed black cherry, black liquorice, black olive, a weak herbal nuance.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, smooth ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, a smooth texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of over-ripe black cherry, stewed black currant, lightly savoury, leaf humus, black cherry boiled sweets, and an oaky undertone. A medium (+) length, with a clean black fruit finish and an oaky undertone on the end, with a moderate grip.
Quality: very good, well-balanced fresh acidity and ripe moderate tannins with alcohol, altogether suiting the rich ripe strong flavour intensity and similar concentration; showing better than moderate complexity, with evidence of time in well-integrated oak (toast and spice) and bottle (beeswax, black olive, leaf humus, meaty, savoury); finishes a disappointing medium-long, rather than the expected, and firmly, long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – a sound structure and balance, with a perfect pleasing balance of residual rich ripe primary fruit, oak ageing and bottle development.