2001 Rotllan Torra Tirant Priorat

Year: 2001
Appellation: Priorat
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 96-98
Vinous Media: 91+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"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. Jordi Rotllan Torra was one of the pioneers of Priorat having founded this small estate in 1984, long before this now fashionable wine region became world renowned." (WA)

"(a similar blend of century-old garnacha and carinena and newer plantings of syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon) Deep red. Exotic coconutty oak on the rather port-like nose. At once sweeter and more primary than the Amadis, with a penetrating minerality. Also quite oaky, but has more jammy plum and blackberry fruit to stand up to the wood. Still, it's hard to predict whether this slightly pruney wine will reward more time in bottle. Finishes with sweet tannins and good length. (My bottle of the 2000 release last year showed fresher acidity, but this is richer.)" (VM)

Winery Notes:
Nestled among the steeps slopes of Priorat is the small mountain village of Torroja del Priorat. The wine is a blend of old vine Garnacha, old vine Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and some Syrah. The wine has a dark and brooding color. High toned aromas of minerals and mentholated fruits give way to a palate of sweet and ethereal fruit balanced by striking mineral components.