The Torres name carries great weight throughout the wine world – but especially in Spanish speaking countries. The family that has been named Drink International’s ‘Most admired European brand’ for over a decade and they’ve been able to do that by finding value and possibilities in areas that others haven’t even looked.
In the early 1980’s, Miguel Torres opened one of the first Chilean wineries with an eye set on the export market. He was met with some doubt, but not for long as he quickly found out his wines had a chameleon effect when he was selling them. Time after time, he fooled importers and distributors who were positive they were tasting wines from France, when really they were drinking Torres’ Chilean Chardonnay or one of his famous Carmenere blends that amazingly can mirror Bordeaux.
In 30 years of Chilean winemaking, the Torres family has once again outpaced those around them and built a reputation for excellence and innovation. Heck, they’ve even become the first winery in Chile to produce an orange wine, something they’ve tinkered with for years.
But for me, the calling card is and has always been the ‘Cordillera de los Andes’ Chardonnay. Blind test taste any of your snobby wine friends and there won’t be a single one of them that doesn’t think they’re tasting Chablis or a satellite French appellation.
94 Points, Vinous
“The 2020 Chardonnay Cordillera de los Andes from the Talinay vineyard in Limari was 50% aged in French barrels. Pale yellow in color. The nose offers notes of pineapple and apple, hints of acacia, oak, hazelnuts, and whiffs of praline and iodine. In the mouth, this presents good fat and a smooth, slightly creamy flow with heightened freshness and a little salinty. A long-lasting wine.”
92 Points, James Suckling
“A bright nose, showing green apple, green pineapple, star fruit, fine lees and limey, chalky notes. A taut yet smoothly rendered chardonnay with a medium body and fresh, natural acidity. Well made.”