Torres Gran Coronas 2003 Reserva
The biggest Catalan winery of Torres brings us this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) and Tempranillo (15%). At the same time intoxicating and smooth, this wine aged in oak for 12 months before it was bottled. The grapes were cultivated and processed in Catalonia that lies in the Denominación de Origen (DO), an equivalent of Croatian label “with certified geographic origin”.
The Torres family winery boasts three centuries of vine related tradition. In 2002, Miguel Torres was named the man of the year by the British wine magazine Decanter, while the distinguished Wine Spectator magazine named this winery the “most important winery” in 2000. Recently, his daughter Mireia Torres Maczassek has been gradually taking over the company. Under her leadership, several excellent wine series came out of this winery.
Gran Coronas is one of such solid sipping wines. The producer says that if appropriately stored this wine can last for ten years. The Cabernet Sauvignon that dominates this wine provides thick, robustly granulated tannins, deep, purple red hue, complex fruit aromas, elegant structure and aging. The traditional Spanish variety Tempranillo complements this wine story with mild fruit acids and attractive aroma notes (plums, sour cherries, raspberries).
The wine has a rich, sensual aroma, typical for the varieties it was made of. It is dominated by small red and dark berry fruits (sour cherries and black currant), raw coffee beans, sweet root and notes of vanilla and leather, typical for aging. On the palate it is full and rounded with thick, well structured tannins, that are felt but don’t stick out too much.
Best paired with:
smoked and cured meats for hors d’oeuvres and meat dishes, from a simple grilled steak to the finest game meat.