Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2018 edition article, Big & Beautiful (reds), by Andrew Jefford;(see blue link below).
Torres Mas La Plana 2013 - December 2018 Decanter review
"A legend dressed in black" is how Torres themselves describe their flagship Mas La Plana wine.
The first vintage of this wine dates back to 1970. In this small (29 ha.) vineyard only the most select Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown. These are used to make strictly limited quantities of Torres’ most prestigious red wine, now known to connoisseurs all over the world. In the Paris Wine Olympiad, the 1970 vintage triumphed over some of the most famous wines in the world, including some of the best from Bordeaux. This success has since been repeated on several other occasions.
D.O. Penedès has been associated for decades with innovative vineyards and wineries. Ever since it became the first area in Spain to use stainless steel and cold fermentation equipment, the vine growers of the Penedès have been making excellent modern wines from a mix of native and French grape varieties. This has been possible because of the variety of altitudes, lands and micro-climates found in the Penedès which foster the ideal growth of the different grape types.
The Mas La Plana is fermented in stainless steel under controlled temperatures of between 25-28°C for 7 days. It is then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 85% of which are new.
It is is made using Cabernet Sauvignon, a red grape that is native to Bordeaux, known for its dense tannins, deep colour, fruity aromas and elegant structure.
This wine's noble and healthy tannins will complement the best meat and game dishes.