(2022) A Cru vineyard Barolo from a warm vintage, this was aged six months in barrique before being transferred to 2,000-litre Slavonian oak casks for a further 24 months prior to bottling. The soft ruby core moves to brick on a broad rim, and the nose is mellow and developed, a little truffle and rose perfume over ripe autumnal hedgerow berries. Tobacco and a touch of Sandalwood underpin. In the mouth the wine flatters with creamy and soft mature fruits, but then a bit of the steely core is revealed, with very firm tannins and plenty of juicy acidity to enliven the more giving fruit of the mid-palate. A tough one to judge, but I think this still feels youthful and as though there is the balance there for considerable ageing potential.
(2022) A blend of indigenous, historic varieties Garró and Querol, rehabilitated by Torres, plus Garnacha, Cariñena and Monastrell from slate soils, aged in all new French oak. A deep, liquorice and firm blue/black fruit nose of damson and blueberry, a supple creaminess is evident. On the palate wonderfully ripe and sweet black fruit fills the mouth, silky and layered with such fine, creamy tannins and juicy plum and raspberry acidity. Delicious and age-worthy.
(2022) A lovely Prosecco this, biodynamic and fermented with natural yeasts, the fruit comes 40 to 50-year-old vines. Extra Brut with only a fe grammes of residual sugar, it's a super clean, super fresh style, taut and lean (in a very good way), hinting at frwsh-sliced pear on the nose and palate, riven with crunchy and tart apple acidity, and a really lo Ely, precise wine. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2022) With fewer than 3,000 bottles produced this is a blend of Torres best Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from their Agulladolç vineyard, matured for 18 months in new French oak barrels. Deep ruby to crimson in colour, the nose is suffused with black fruits and spices, a graphite and cedar quality, a little hint of olive herbaceousness adding a lovely elegance and lift. In the mouth there is plenty of creamy, firm, quality oak giving a light balsamic touch to the copious black fruit. That sweet fruit flood the mid-palate, before ripe, fine but firm tannins and excellent, very natural feeling acidity gives balance. A very classy rendition of Bordeaux style, done with great aplomb.
(2022) A single vineyard wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon that has long been the signature of Torres' ultra-premium range, first made in 1970. The wine is a vineyard selection of fruit, fermented in stainless steel tanks and oak foudres, then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new oak. It's a very fragrant cassis-laden Cabernet, a sense of polish and precision, the oak taut and adding gloss rather than any overt toast or smokiness. There's a subtle hint of more herbaceous olive. Beautifully ripe and mouth-filling fruit, but there is a welcome touch of austerity too, with vivid acidity and fine but gripping tannins giving a firm texture which, against the succulent black fruit, builds spicy tension in the finish. Very good and cellar-worthy.
(2022) From vineyards on the hillside of Santo Stefano at 350 metres altitude, this is Extra Dry with around 15g/l of residual sugar. Pouring a pale green/yellow, the nose is delicate, precise and gently floral, leading onto a palate of notable sweetness, the gentle mouse and ripe, sliced pear aroma and flavour staying soft and attractively ripe and sweet, a pithy underpinning of acidity giving balance and enough freshness in the finish. Quite concentrated in terms of flavour. No UK retail listing at time of review, though firstclassproducts.co.uk stock a couple of other cuvées from this producer.
(2022) The Bronca family's Scandolero Costa d'Oro is a Brut wine, that is fresh and floral with pear aromas, a hint of peach too. It is certainly dry, with a touch of bitterness, plenty of lemon and quite an intense feel between the citrus blast of fruit and acidity.
(2022) From a single vineyard of 80-year-old Cariñena and Garnacha vines, this spent 16 months in French oak barrels. Fabulous nose, with a certain lift of liquorice and intense blueberry fruit, smoothed by some fine and creamy, polished oak aromas. In the mouth it is a similar picture: there is such intensity here, that incisive bite of blue/black fruit, swirling bittersweet flavours, and a wonderful integration of tight-grained tannins, beautifully poised acidity and the oak adding a velvety layer as a cushion that softens the edges and broadens those intense flavours.
(2022) I very much enjoyed this organic Cava, made from the tradtional varieties Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada. It opens with a really custardy, creamy nose, the mousse full and cushiony, before beautifully ripe fruit sweeps across the palate. There is a sense of sweetness here, though the wine is Brut, but the acid does its job very nicely, freshening and sharpening the finish in a classy and delicious wine.
(2022) From a plot with very deep clay soils, this is a big-scaled and plush Pinot, slicked with vanilla and deep mulberry fruit. In the mouth that sense of plushness continues, a ripe and relatively solid style, creamy tannins and a bit of spice, but balanced and juicy, perhaps a touch of alcohol heat in the finish. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.