Spicy and a little woody on the bouquet, with ripe black-fruit aromas, a speck of mineral and a touch of cough drop. This is Torres’ first commercial Priorat wine, and it’s not a tannic specimen, yet the raspberry and dark-fruit flavors are sound and tasty. Finishes smooth, with a beam of acidity keeping it in balance. Drink now or at any time over the next few years.
Roasted, meaty and leathery on the nose, with some schisty mineral poking through. Saturated and thick in the middle, with blackberry, chocolate and a bit of buttery oak flavor. Sweet and chocolaty on the finish, with plenty of extraction.
Dusty and ripe-smelling, with a competent bouquet that blends patented regional schist along with black fruits, burnt toast and charcoal. Once it opens up, it’s neither dark nor overly intense. The palate is broad, generous, friendly and carries nice black-fruit flavors, coffee and freshness. Good right away, but should age well for another couple of years. Drink…
Opens with salinic, furry aromas and never does the bouquet fully fill out. The palate is sort of light and spotty, with brambly flavors along with basic black fruit notes. Seems soft on the finish, with a syrupy sweetness. Good and easy but lacking in structure and specifics.
Definitely sweet, syrupy and raisiny. Torres has made a chunky, plodding wine with saturated berry and plum flavors but hardly any of the mineral, schist, zest and excitement the Priorat is renowned for. Deep, dark and dense for sure, but ultimately flabby and mediocre. Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.