321/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – Santa Margarida d’Agulladolç – Torres – Miguel Torres Reserva Real 2007
I wouldn’t normally write about this kind of wine. Pricy, from a huge producer and in my very humble opinion a very pretentious wine…….., but! If offered and I don’t have to pay, I’d have to say, I would gladly drink it, enjoy it and why not mention it!?! Is it really that pretentious? Would I pay the dough? Honestly, both yes and no to both questions. As you all know by now, my style is more to the, if not cheap, at least very price worthy, accessible and from a small producer if possible. If you get a chance to try this wine, what ever you do, don’t say no!
In its style it is so very French and that alone would make me say no! But…….., again, what a useful word that is! Look beyond the fact that it is created from the best Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes from the small vineyards of Torres in Agulladolç, which is also home to a beautiful 11th century Romanesque hermitage, and as such makes it a Single Estate wine. After 18 months in new French oak barrels, and thanks to the great quality of the tannins in this wine is has so much more than just the French blend to offer. Elevated and huge, the amount of sun and fruit in this wine is something that was achieved in Catalonia and not in France. Now, I am just waiting for a Francofile to tell me that I must be joking, in all aspects!
A beauty of a wine, intense cherry color. The nose is filled with black plum, aromatic coffee, spices, cocoa, sandalwood and a mix of moist grass and a highly concentrated fruit coulis. The palate is huge but perfectly balanced, with rich flavors of tobacco, blackberry and cassis. A complex, round and elegant mouth. The blend is straight from Bordeaux but everything else screams Catalonia. Pure, long, smooth and easy in terms of tannic bite, with good aging potential. Could easily stand another 6 – 8 years in the bottle. Mercy, Mercy Mercy……..
69 to go!