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  94/100 Torres Grans Muralles 2001 Conca de Barbera, Catalunya, Spain Gran Muralles is a different concept at Torres.

 

94/100
Torres Grans Muralles 2001
Conca de Barbera, Catalunya, Spain

Gran Muralles is a different concept at Torres. It's a blend of ancient Catalan grape varieties including monastrell, garnacha tinta, garró, samsó and cariñena. The plan is to make a very traditional red that respect its Mediterranean's roots. Gran Muralles is a single pago (vineyard) over slate (llicorella) soils all within site of the medieval walls of the Cistercian monastery of Poblet. Look for a deep brooding red with a huge peppery, gamey, coffee, licorice, black cherry jam, mint and orange peel nose with flecks of red fruits and savoury spices. On the palate the wine is very rich, fat, dry but supple with excellent intensity. Full flavoured with cassis, chocolate, peppery, black raspberry, minty, black cherry, meaty vanilla flavours with a dried fig and orange peel finish. A powerful, fruity wine with some warmth but finesse and length. This is a good bet for the wine cellar to drink through 2020. Perfect for game, lamb, roast beef and more. This makes one realize that there are still many old varieties worth exploring.

Tasted: 2006-05-20 AG - ST
US $100, BC $84.95 retail speciallorder Maxxium Canada (UPC: )
Producer: Miguel Torres Spain - Pacific Wines & Spirits (1995) Ltd.

 

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.