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Torres Mas de la Rosa
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17¼/20

Torres Mas de la Rosa 2017

Priorato, Catalunya (Catalonia Cataluña), SpainMas de la Rosa is one of the hidden valleys of Priorat, a place that historically was one of the first inhabited masias (farmhouses) near Porrera. This is an 80-year-old bush vine field blend of garnacha and carineña, around 500m. The shallow soils are made of broken llicorella. After 8 days of skin contact, this was fermented in small stainless tanks for a week and then into French oak for 16 months' rest. Alluringly savoury and grippy from the start, reflecting the soils, altitude, and gnarly old vines, this opens shyly at first, with perfumed violets, wild plum, wild blackberry, thorns, and an herbal scrub. Tannins are appropriately firm, and the palate has a lovely pure core of fruit. Very much in youth, this finishes with a swell of warmth, though once this wine settles into itself in a couple of years, it will feel effortless. Quite a special wine of place; if you find one of the 2328 bottles produced, grab it.Tasted: 09 December 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 560.00 Producer: Miguel Torres SpainDistributors: Dandurand
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Blend: Carignan - Grenache