Torres - Mas La Plana 2012
Torres - Mas La Plana 2012 (91 TSW)
A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Penedès region produced by the Torres winery.
Mas La Plana was one of the pioneering wines, by Jean Leon, that introduced the Cabernet Sauvignon variety to Spain.
In 1979, Mas La Plana gained first place at Gault Millau Olympiade du Vin in Paris, at that moment, the competition was the most prestigious of the time. It managed to overtake the famed French chateaux and, therefore, it received many International awards which caused it to become the flagship wine for Torres. A high quality image has always been associated with the winery which, largely, is thanks to Mas La Plana. The first vintage of this wine dates back to 1970. In its beginnings the wines included small quantities of Tempranillo. The main variety was always Cabernet Sauvignon.
About the wine:
In this small (29 ha.) vineyard only the most select Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown. These are used to make strictly limited quantities of Torres’ most prestigious red wine, now known to connoisseurs all over the world.
The beginning of 2012 and much of the vegetative cycle were very dry except for a very wet April and scattered rainfall in October. This led to a significant drop in production by the end of the cycle, but the grapes couldn't have been healthier. Temperatures were relatively normal throughout the vegetative cycle and higher toward the end of the summer.
15-25 days of skin contact. Fermentation in stainless steel under controlled temperature for 7 days. Aging for 18 month in French oak barrels (85% of new barrels)
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep dark ruby red color with light purple reflections.
On the mediun+ nose aromas of ripe plums, black currants and black cherries with hints of tobacco, cinnamon, mint, cedar and sweet spices.
On the palate dry, medium++ bodied with a elegant round mouthfeel. Medium acidity and medium+ fine grained tannins. Flavours of cassis, black fruits, chocolate and spices. Long lasting finish. To enjoy now or 3/5 more years.