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Familia Torres

No Longer Just Catalonia, Now the Best of Spain
August 21, 2019



A pity that a downpour last week kept many people away from a tasting that one person called one of the best he had been to at Federal. Another said, “I've never been to Spain but you have been able to transport ourselves to the most fascinating wine regions of the country.

            Of course credit goes to the wines, but also to Daniel Marquez, the personable and very knowledgeable Torres representative. As an unexpected extra bonus he came with a delicious Serrano ham. It perfectly complemented but did not outshine some very, very good wines.

            Two stood out to most tasters for their quality at very reasonable prices and were the two most purchased at the tasting.

            The 2015 Torres Campo de Borga Cinco Garnachas had a lot of juicy, pallet-friendly fruit that was nicely balanced with structure undereneath in a far betterway that most Grenache based wines at anywhere near its price can do. One taster declared that he had found the perfect $20 red-and it only cost $15.

            The 2012 Torres Ibericos Rioja Altos Reservawas as delightful, pretty, and balanced real as many tasters had had before and its price. Our customers purchases cleaned out the importer's supply, but we expect to get more next week.

            The 2013 Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignondeserves its reputation. It took some time to open but became as rich and layered a Cabernet as one could wish, in style somewhat in between Napa and Bordeaux, but with a piquant Spanish accent.

All the other wines were good, and each had its fans.

Special praise went to a liqueur that was not listed in last week's tasting. Several tasters pronounced the Torres Magdala OrangeLiqueur, as good as the famous and far more expensive French version in the squat black bottle. The Magdala has the same bittersweet Seville orange and save being perhaps a touch sweeter was virtually identical to the other. Several bottles were ordered. We have a special sale price which makes it an even better deal, good through the end of the week.



2018 Torres Pazo das Bruxas Albarino: Straw with green highlights. Various citrus aromas and flavors with a saline edge. The flavors are rich and smooth with a nice balancing acidity. Very Good Plus   21/bottle  18.90/mixed case  17.85/case



2015 Torres Campo de Borga Cinco Garnachas: Rich flavors and aromas that lead with strawberry and exhibit dried cherry in the finish. A substantial wine.  Very Good Plus 14.99/bottle  13.49/mixed case  12.74/case

2015 Torres Celeste Ribera del Duero Crianza:  High altitude concentration with dark fruits such as blackberry and black cherry. Good herbal notes with a balsam touch and a bit of spice in the finish.  Very Very Good Plus  23/bottle  20.70/mixed case  19.55/case

2012 Torres Ibericos Rioja Altos Reserva:  Classic Rioja Reserva with an elegant frame and complex red fruits. The structure is evident and balanced. Notes of dark flowers in the long finish.  Very Good to Excellent.  32/bottle  28.80/mixed case  27.20/case

2015 Torres Priorat Salmos: Two sides of a coin, dark and brooding on one side and bright and cheerful on the other. Provocative and complex. Very Good to Excellent. 43/bottle 38.70/mixed case 36.55/case

2013 Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon: Everything you want in a great Cabernet. Outstanding84/bottle  5.60/mixed case  71.40/case


8/21/19 Torres Case: Special, two each of the above wines $371

8/21/19 Torres Pack: Special, one each of the above wines $197

mix any 6- 11 above wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


Torres Gran Reserva Imperial 10 Year Brandy: 22.99/bottle - One week special:  19.99/bottle

Torres Magdala OrangeLiqueur22.99/bottle - One week special:  19.99/bottle


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           - Peter Hemenway