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Tirant Priorat by Rotllan Torra 2001

Tirant Priorat

by Rotllan Torra 2001

Producer : Rotllan Torra

Region : Priorat (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"A prodigious effort, the 2001 Tirant is a 9,000-bottle cuvee made from 30% Grenache (90-100 years old), 25% Carignan (90-100 years old), 25% young vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 10% Merlot. Fermented in large oak foudres and aged 12 months in new French oak, it will be bottled with neither fining nor filtration. Inky/purple-colored to the rim, it boasts a spectacular bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, and the region’s classic crushed stone minerality. This full-throttle yet remarkably elegant 2001 possesses tremendous intensity and texture as well as layers of flavor, but comes across as not over the top, overripe, or overly heavy. The 60-second finish reveals more noticeable tannin than the other cuvees. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 10-15. The 2001 Tirant is indeed a special wine."

96-98 points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2004

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 98
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Rotllan Torra
Region Priorat (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2001
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carignan, 30% Garnacha, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah / Shiraz
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $594.00

The Producer

Rotllan Torra

Rotllan Torra Winery, established in 1982, predates the rise of the ‘new Priorats,’ wines that gained popularity thanks to critic Robert Parker. Originally wine distributors in Penedès, the Rotllan family relocated to Priorat after discovering the region's exceptional potential. At the time, the winery was the sixth in Priorat and among the pioneers to exclusively bottle its entire production.

Aside from the wine tasting experience, Rotllan Torra's main allure lies in the history and architecture of its facility. Constructed in the mid-17th century by the Carthusian monks of Scala Dei, the building exhibits Renaissance style with Cistercian influences. Originally designed as a cellar, it has a substantial capacity of one million liters of wine. The construction, utilizing stone and mortar and dug into the ground, provides ideal winemaking conditions—constant temperature and humidity, along with silence and darkness.

In the 20th century, after changing ownership, the cellar was modernized with the latest technology of that era, including electricity and glazed ceramic. Towards the end of the century, Rotllan Torra embraced contemporary trends, incorporating stainless steel and wood into the facility. Notably, there is an intriguing bottle cellar for 100,000 bottles in the old underground cellars, now perforated and interconnected.

Additionally, the cellar accommodates the facilities of the Torroja cooperative, serving as a warehouse. Rotllan Torra utilizes fruit from its 86 acres of vineyards in the Torroja township, featuring varieties such as Garnacha Tinta and Cariñena (between ten and one hundred years old), as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. The winery produces approximately 200,000 bottles annually, with 80% of the output destined for export.

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