Torres Mas La Plana 2003
Mas La Plana is a Cabernet based blend made in the Penedes region of Spain by one of Spain’s top (or at least most widely known) family wineries. Known as an elegant and stylish wine, Mas La Plana is really an attempt to produce a terroir based approach to an international grape variety. And, on that level, I do believe that Torres has succeeded: this is no heavy-oaked malo-lactic’d pimped out flavour bomb. Rather, this has real terroir and a real sense of style.
The nose was initially almost like a Grenach based Rhone blend – quite surprising. However, the palate was appropriately much more austere and gave up flavours of blackberry, cassis, earth, dust, and meatyness. I also tasted mint, herbs, and savory earth coupled with well integrated and high quality tartness. The finish was medium length and had great elegance. The only issue I had here was that while this had great structure, integration and elegance, overall I found the flavour package a bit boring. Accordingly, I bring down the rating a notch.
$50 at BCLDB
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