A beauty of a wine, with black plum, berry, cocoa, sandalwood and moss on the nose. The palate is huge but perfectly balanced, with flavors of tobacco, blackberry and cassis. The blend is straight from Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Merlot), but everything else screams Spain. Pure, long, smooth and easy…— M.S.
Spain’s preeminent varietal Cabernet is excellent in its 40th rendition. This single-vineyard wine opens with dark, brooding aromas of rooty spice, licorice, tar, herbs, cassis and prune. In the mouth, this is wiry and tight at the core, but friendly around the edges. Flavors of currant, toast, vanilla, pepper and…— M.S.
Loamy berry and saucy notes make for a complex bouquet, while the mouthfeel on this Catalonian blend is smooth, round, precise and structured. Flavors of ripe plum, herbs, licorice and savory spices finish dark, chunky and deep, with lasting cocoa and cherry notes that suggest warmth and richness. Drink through 2019.— M.S.
An outstanding Bordeaux-style blend from Spain. Ripe and lusty aromas of deep berry fruits, vanilla and balsam shavings are excellent. Weighty and saturated on the palate, with elevated cherry, toast, coffee and chocolate flavors. Toes the line between sweet and dry; drink now through 2020.— M.S.
Mocha, toasty smoke and pure berry aromas ring the bell, and the palate follows with fine balance and flavors of vanilla-infused raspberry, plum and cassis. A little rich and creamy now but still structured and ageable for another 10 years. A seriously good Spanish Cabernet with world-class character. Best from…— M.S.
Very ripe, rich and rewarding. Perpetual is Torres’ top wine from the Priorat, and it’s a winner in 2006; it has polish, power and life. The nose is dark and alluring, while the palate hits comfortably with bold black cherry, cured meat, herb and tobacco flavors. Long and honest on the finish, with thrust. Good now…— M.S.
On the money right from the start, where deep aromas of black fruits, minerality and fresh herbs mingle nicely. The palate is creamy and smooth, with rich, almost syrupy berry, cream, coffee and toffee flavors. Oaked up but not “oaky,” with caramel and chocolate on the smooth finish. Drink now through 2015.— M.S.
This is stylish and smooth up front, with tobacco, graphite, cedar and herbal notes to the bouquet. The mouthfeel is a bit jammy and chewy, with chocolate, licorice, mocha and blackberry flavors. A mild, creamy finish chugs along with coffee notes and ripe black-fruit flavors. Drink now through 2017.— M.S.