Miguel Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 Wine Review
Miguel Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
D.O., Penedès, Spain
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Bottle size: 750 ml
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|Mymi Thesingingsommelier - Sommelier, FWS rated this wine as 95/100 with the following review:|
The roots of the Torres family in the Penedès region of North-Eastern Spain can be traced back to the 17th century. Documents show that even in those days the ancestors of the Torres family were vintners and sold their wines on a small scale. The family tradition has been scrupulously respected down through the centuries and the company has been passed down from father to son. Today, it is run by President Miguel A. Torres, a fourth generation member of the family – with the fifth generation also represented in the company.
Bodegas Torres owns a range of vineyards as well as wineries in Spain’s various Denominations of Origin regions as well as in Chile’s Valle Central and California’s Russian River Valley.
Their philosophy of winegrowing begins with respect for the land. The family completely avoids the use of chemical treatments, replacing them with biological alternatives, following the viticulture traditions of Torres’ ancestors and has committed itself to reducing CO2 emissions by 30% per bottle by the year 2020.
Mas La Plana is a very small vineyard in the Penedes DO where only the most select Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown. These are used to make a strictly limited quantities of Torres’ most prestigious red wine also named “Mas La Plana”, now known to connoisseurs all over the world. In the Paris Wine Olympiad, the 1970 vintage triumphed over some of the most famous wines in the world, including a Chateau Latour.
This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon at its best.
Still ruby red in the glass with a little rust color starting to show around the edges.
Incredibly fragrant, rich and meaty on the nose with plenty of cassis, dried mint, stewed red fruit, loam and a subtle hint of toasted wood.
Still very full, earthy and muscle-y on the palate with chewy tannins and luscious acidity. Generous flavours of dried cherries & cranberries, plum liqueur, dark chocolate mingling perfectly together. Long spicy finish leaving a slightly bitter cacao/espresso aftertaste.
*tasted on March 2nd 2017
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