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Torres Mas La Planatext

Torres Mas La Plana 1998

Penedès, Catalunya (Catalonia Cataluña), SpainFrom the cellar. Who knew, back in 1966 that cabernet sauvignon vines planted in Penedès (of all places) would yield such age-worthy and serious wines? Miguel Torres, that's who. Wine legend, the 1970 vintage of Mas La Plana bested the great cabs of the world when tasted blind at the 1979 Paris Olympiad. Now, with a couple of hours of air time, this is showing its lineage, though under an aged, dusty tannin patina. Dried cherry and sweet dried fig abuts supple leather and tobacco, swathed around a small core of surprisingly vibrant cherry and raspberry fruit. Acidity is persistent, and while the tannins are veering steeply towards dryness at the finish, the mid-palate still holds a suppleness. A lingering sweet raspberry and bitter espresso note closes this out. Decant and drink now, preferably with rack of lamb.Tasted: 02 November 2016Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Familia TorresDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 315838UPC: 08410113083128