Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Gran Coronas, DO Penedès — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Familia Torres founded its first winery in Villafranca del Penedès in 1870, over 150 years ago, but its roots in the winegrowing traditions of Spain date back to the 16th century. Five generations have carried the family business forward, passing on their passion for wine culture from parents to children — a passion steeped in respect for land and tradition, and a firm belief in innovation. Today the family focuses on wines from unique vineyards and historical estates, as well as the recovery of ancestral varieties.

      WINE: Gran Coronas represents a monumental turning point in innovation for the family. Miguel A. Torres went against regional norms, planting Cabernet Sauvignon in Penedès in the 1960s, when most plantings were to local white varieties. The wines were well regarded and Familia Torres became known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon that could rival the greatest of Bordeaux. By blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, followed by prolonged oak aging, one of the family’s finest wines is created.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Fruit is sourced from the family’s 50+ year old vineyards at Mas la Plana estate artfully blended with younger vineyards in the local area.

    • Appellation: Penedès
    • Location: Catalunya
    • Cultivation: Sustainable, Solar
    • Soil: Moderately to very deep alkaline soils with a high water holding capacity and high active limestone content
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2020 vintage saw an earlier harvest due to climate conditions. After a relatively dry winter, the growth season began with abundant rainfall and milder temperatures, which caused significant outbreaks of downy mildew in certain areas. Merlot was among the most affected varieties. The summer was generally dry with moderate temperatures and only a handful of really hot days in July. Even though fruit maturation was early, most varieties attained optimal ripeness. Crop production was down significantly, but, in spite of everything, the harvest brought in healthy grapes thanks to favorable climate conditions during the ripening period.

    • Harvest Date(s): Cabernet Sauvignon: From September 13th; Tempranillo: From September 7th
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures.
    • Aging: Aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 12 months.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.1 g/L
    • p H: 3.65
    • RS: <0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Deeply opaque, dark cherry red. Intense fruit aromas (blueberries, black cherry jam) with delicate smokey, toasty (coffee), and spicy (pepper) notes. Flavorful on the palate with a backbone of very ripe tannins well rounded by long aging.



  • Gran Coronas, DO Penedès – 2020 – James Suckling – 90 Points

    “Dusty berries and currants on the nose that follow through to a medium-bodied palate with elegant flavors and soft tannins.”