Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rotllan Torra Priorat Reserva 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Big nose of rich spices, chocolate, and mixed berries

Dry and fruity on palate

Slightly thinner finish, moderate tannins, with red berries, chocolate, and dusty earth

This wine starts out big with a swirl of the glass as the rich spices and mixed berries provide a big bouquet. The palate and finish are noticeably drier than the nose would indicate, and that leaves something to be desired. I think this wine is just not very well integrated- who knows, maybe some more time will bring it together.

Priorat from Spain is almost always delicious, but prices are heading north too. As a result, I grabbed this thinking it might be a bargain at $20. If you're interested in Priorat, I recommend you try a different one and plan to spend a little more money to get a good representation of what's being done in this tiny, exotic region of Spain. Raise a glass to Priorat!

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