Miguel Torres is capable of making good and even great wines. One of the best wines TWC ever tasted was a 1982 Torres Gran Coronas. Unfortunately, Tormenta Cab isn't one of them. It's not even average, nor is it a good value despite it's under-$10.00 US price tag. It's actually, well, tormented, coming close to Monty Python's assessment of Austrailian table wines thirty some years back. Sorry Mal.
This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.
Touted as a wine that is born of untouched, uncontaminated nature, Tormenta joins the growing ranks of organically produced wines. It comes with a gorgeous lable depicting a thunder storm born lightening strike.
Born like the storm, under the clouds and the wind of the southern continent.
I was sold right there but ended up pouring the bottle down the sink. Breathing didn't help.
It may be that because Torres is a big producer with operations on three continents, that the production sometimes gets in the way of the quality. Or the marketing department is better than the winemaker. Or marketing provided a black bag salvage operation for this clinker.
Pushing lesser quality wine out the door can be problematic with many big operations, but with other firms, such as Washington State's Chateau St Michelle and, notably, Beringer's success under Swiss giant Nestle's patronage, it doesn't have to be that way.
Yes, part of Beringer's success is connected to the prodigious quantities of White Zin it sells year after year. Doubtless the Cabs and Chards we enjoy from Beringer are all the better as a result of the capital investment that sales of White Zin provided. 2500 acres of prime Napa vineyard doesn't come cheaply.
And speaking of Oz, Beringer is owned by Foster's these days.
The Wine Commonsewer
Speaking of Fosters and of interest to the guys: This is an amusing and R-rated (nudity and adult themes) viral ad for Fosters. Do not click the link if you think you will be offended because you definitely will be. It is not for kids, your mother, your pastor, or people with refined sensibilities.