Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Gran Coronas, DO Penedès — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Gran Coronas represents a monumental turning point in innovation for Familia Torres. Miguel A. Torres went against regional norms, planting Cabernet Sauvignon in Penedès in the 1960s, when most plantings were to local white varieties. Miguel A.’s recognition for producing quality Cabernet Sauvignon brought Gran Coronas to become a benchmark wine for the region. By blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, followed by prolonged oak aging, one of the family’s finest wines is created.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DO Penedès
  • Vintage Report

    • The year was quite dry during the winter and vegetative period, particularly in the Penedès region. The winter was mild, followed by normal temperatures in the spring and summer. September started out rather warm, but cooled down as the month continued on. Sporadic rainfall aided the maturation of late-ripening varieties, which had experienced water stress, as did the generally good weather.

    • Harvest Date(s): Cabernet Sauvignon: From September 26; Tempranillo: From September 5
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature for 7-8 days
    • Maceration: 2 weeks maceration
    • Barrel Aging: 12 months aging in French oak (30% new)
    • Bottle Aging: 12 months minimum
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, fruit from Mas la Plana vineyard blended with younger vineyards in the area
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.1 g/L
    • p H: 3.61
    • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark cherry red color with garnet highlights. Intensely fruity (blueberries, cassis) with delicate spicy (black pepper) and balsamic notes. A balanced and nicely structured palate with ripe tannins well rounded by aging in excellent oak.