Mas de la Rosa 2016 Torres
€ 208,12 (in. BTW)
The 2016 Mas de la Rosa is the bottled version of their new Priorat wine that I previewed last year under the name Santuari de la Rosa. This comes from 1.9 hectares of old vines planted in one of the first known properties in the village of Porrera, on a slope (a traditional "coster"), where the plants only get the morning sun, and the altitude (500 meters) and the constant wind in the zone result in a particularly fresh wine. I didn't have the time to visit the vineyard as I had planned, but I added it to my priority list for the next time I cover the region. This has been taken as a personal project by Miguel Torres Maczassek, who is very keen on the vineyard and the wine. Despite the heat of the early summer, the grapes for this 2016 were harvested quite late, on October 28, as the ripening in this cooler zone was quite slow and long, and they were exactly on the average of rain and temperature, so a "normal" year. The grapes were exceptionally healthy, and the wine, which is a blend of 60% Cariñena and 40% Garnacha, achieved 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.22 and a little over six grams of acidity (in tartaric)—really healthy parameters. When I last tasted this—as an unbottled sample—I mentioned that the wine was the most elegant and balanced I had tasted from Torres in Priorat and among the best from the different regions where they work, and the bottled version has only confirmed those sensations. I think pricing has gotten a bit out of hand, though. They filled 1,957 bottles, 67 magnums and 35 double magnums in July 2018.
Winespectator / James Suckling (94)
This red has density, but remains graceful, with a polished texture supported by well-integrated tannins and gentle but lively acidity. The black cherry, plum, forest floor, smoke and mineral notes are engaging and harmonious. Cariñena and Garnacha Tinta.