2002 Rotllan Torra Priorat Amadis

Rating: ★★★★☆

Vintage: 2002
Producer: Rotllan Torra
Variety: Grenache Blend (25% Old Vines Grenache, 25% Carignan, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Merlot)
Designation: Amadis
Region: Spain
Sub-region: Priorat
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $51 (Not available in BC)

We tasted with our guest reviewer, WineHater (although you can tell he’s anything but).

WineHater says: Definitely New World in style, but unlike other Priorat wines I have tried in the past, this wine was well-balanced (no fruit bomb) and did not have any alcohol burn at the end. This wine is an interesting combination of old vine Grenache and Carinena, along with younger vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. However, it was clear how each component contributed to the wine in terms of structure and complexity. The wine offered aromas and flavours of ripe red fruit, sweet spices, floral and liquorice, but also some darker fruit components (cassis, blackberry) from the Cab. Of course there was a big oak element to the wine, but thankfully it did not overpower the fruit. Despite the wine being a 2002, it still appeared and tasted relatively young. A well made and enjoyable wine that is not overpriced. I would personally rank this wine in the very good/excellent range. A little more length and intensity would have put this wine clearly in the excellent range for me. And to think this is the second wine of Rotllan Torra…

He says: Not having tasted much Priorat in this price range, I’m wasn’t sure what to conclude once the bag was pulled off the bottle. I can’t really think of anything that’s distinctive or speaks to me of the wine’s provenance – it has a very modern style. The palate is baked red fruit flavours mixed with liquorice/coffee, a definite youthful Cabernet backbone (menthol/mint with black fruit), but still a lot of sweet vanilla oak-influence. The old vines Grenache seemed to give it some meaty elements more akin to the Southern Rhone. Structurally, it’s got basic acidity, with strong tannins that threaten but never overpower. For me, it was an excellent wine, but not outstanding. I’d have no problem paying $50 for it though, as I think there’s enough complexity and quality to justify the price. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to get a hold of in BC, but I’ll definitely have another bottle if I encounter it again.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, deep ruby, rim intact
Smells like: Developing, clean, med intensity, black & dried fruit, earth, mushrooms
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med+ body, med+ intensity, med+ tannins (very round), med alcohol, cherry, raspberry, liquorice, dark chocolate, coffee, meaty, med+ length
Summary: Excellent, Ready to drink/Could develop further

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.