Penedès Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in the 1870’s by the patriarch Jaime Torres Vendrell, five generations at
Bodegas Torres have been a significant driving force in putting Spain’s Penedès
region on the international winemaking map. Numerous obstacles along the
way, including the partial destruction of the winery during the Spanish Civil War
in 1936-39, have inspired an evolution away from bulk wine production to now
thriving as a renowned bottler of vintage offerings in 50 different styles. They’re
a compelling demonstration that large commercial producers can maintain high standards in their regionally distinctive winemaking. In having become one of
Spain’s most recognizable brands, they produce an annual flood of accomplished
wines, which dependably flow out from an impressive cache of 2O, OOO barrels;
stored in stacks along 2 kilometers of underground galleries!

Geographically book-ended between the inland Serra de Miralles mountains and
the balmy Mediterranean coastline south of Barcelona, Penedès is sub-divided
into three regions of progressively higher altitude: Bajo, Medio and Alto Penedès.
Based in the heartland town of Vilafranca del Penedès since its inception as a
company, the Torres family has progressively expanded its holdings to 1,700
hectares of prime vineyards. In a region that’s arguably best known for sparkling
Cava, the Bodega has some also-famous neighbours like Freixenet and Codorniu.

Grapevines have been cultivated along the Mediterranean shores of the Iberian
Peninsula since the Phoenician period, though for this DéClassé recommended
blended red, Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, it was Miguel
Torres who had the vision of introducing Cabernet Sauvignon to Penedès
during the 1960’s and 70’s. Along with promoting the French Emperor of Reds
hybrid as being well suited for cultivation in Catalonia, his other innovation was
the use of the indigenous Tempranillo grape as a blending partner. Owing to its
nature as fast-ripening fruit, the round and black-skinned grape is affectionately
known in Catalan as Ull de Llebre (Eye of the Hare).

A perennial listing in the LCBO’s Vintages Essentials catalogue, this remarkable
value is further sale-priced through to the weekend. The enduring appeal and
charm of this fairly fulsome offering is that it’s not overly deep or complex. It is
well-rounded, well-crafted and fairly priced for a Reserva bottling that’s been four
years in the making and maturing. Heading into a new year is an opportune time
to revisit the median baseline quality of Catalonian table wine. 2 bottles (or more)
of this pleasing 2011 vintage should be an encouraging starting point!

Gran Coronas

VINTAGES – LCBO Product #36483 | 750 mL bottle
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content Descriptor: D
Limited Time Offer
Was: $ 19.95
Now: $ 17.95
Until January 3, 2016

Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Miguel Torres S.A.
Release Date: April 15, 2015

Tasting Note
This medium to full-bodied red has aromas of dark currant and plum with light
smoky notes of oak and clove spice. With flavours of ripe black cherry and vanilla,
it’s perfect for charcuterie, aged cheeses, filet mignon with sautéed mushrooms,
grilled lamb, roast veal or pork sirloin and fresh fig.