Founded in the 1870’s, Bodegas Torres has over the course of 140 years or
so, been the major driving force in putting Spain’s now-famous Penedès region
on the international wine-making map. Numerous impediments along the way,
including the partial destruction of the winery during the civil war (1936-39),
have inspired and motivated the evolution of this vintner’s practices away from
simply being a bulk wine supplier to now thriving in the current status as a
renowned bottler of vintage offerings in 50 different styles – though many of
these will only be produced in appropriately good harvest years.
The Torres Family has been based in the town of Vilafranca del Penedès since
its inception as a company and has progressively expanded its holdings to over
1,700 hectares of vineyard growing at 3 levels of successively higher elevation:
coastal, central and high. The harvested fruit is vinefied and allowed to slowly
mature in the more than 2O,OOO barrels that are stored in stacks along an
impressive 2 kilometers of underground galleries!
Wine has been cultivated on the Mediterranean shores of the Iberian Peninsula
since the Phoenician period, though for this week’s benchmark, Reserva grade
red, we have Miguel A. Torres to thank for the contemporary vision of introducing
Cabernet Sauvignon to Penedès during the 1960’s and 70’s; a time when only
local, obscure white wine varieties were the norm. Along with promotion of the
French ‘emperor of red varieties’, an additional innovation came in the choice of
using indigenous Tempranillo grapes as a blending partner, better-known in the
Catalonian vineyards southwest of Barcelona as Ull de Llebre (hare’s eye).
A perennial listing in the LCBO’s Vintages Essentials catalogue, this remarkable
value is available year-round, though for the next week or so, it’s sale-priced so
as to make way for the upcoming vintage; an opportune time to reevaluate the
quality of Spanish wine and this bottle would be the ideal starting point!
TORRES GRAN CORONAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVA (V)
VINTAGES – LCBO Product #36483 | 750 mL bottle
Sugar Content Descriptor: D
Limited Time Offer
Was: $ 19.00
Now: $ 18.00
Until Apr 27, 2014
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Miguel Torres S.A.,
Release Date: Apr 18, 2013
With a deep red hue, this dense and silky-rich red imparts aroma and flavours
of cherry, plum, red current and characteristic coffee, vanilla bean and leather
notes – that tend to arise from its slightly extended period of barrel ageing. It’s
perfect with charcuterie, cheeses, pasta with lemon cream sauce, vegetarian
paella, as well as, filet mignon, roast chicken, grilled lamb.