Penedes, Spain. 14%
Best vintage in a while, for Spain, and for Mas La Plana. At first my nose was hit with varietal cabernet but then as the wine opened up there are warm (tad burnt) earthy woody aromas (not leathery aged). Lovely wine, approachable now with many years ahead of it. Ripe, indeed a bit burnt but with acceptable freshness and acidity to be a very good food wine. In style it reminds me of bordeaux 2003 which many people have called “more New World” and yet they clearly are not New World wines – well this Spanish cabernet may be the closest thing to them.
Expensive wine but good value as it is only now appearing on retail shelves at 6 years old. I will buy another bottle to try against other similar vintage wines from around the world, it really is a benchmark for Spain. Tasted against Pasanau Finca La Planeta 2001 another top notch Spanish cabernet the Torres is a much finer, better, more elegant wine and less baked.