Wine Calisthenics


My friend Pablo in Madrid sent me this picture. I’m not sure how he knew that I’ve adopted this year end regime as my primary form of exercise. I really need to get back into shape. Summer will be here before we know it and I’m not getting any younger…but its so cold now!!! The awesome gym in my building is out of commission (post Sandy) til June. Maybe I’ll blow the dust off of my NYSC membership card tomorrow. Tonight I’ll be hiding out from the cold with a bottle of  Rotllan Torra Priorat.

The Priorat region of Spain (about 2 hours west of Barcelona) has a very unique blend of old world terroir and tradition with some modern influence from the pioneers who “rediscovered” the area in the late 1970s and early eighties.  Priorat wines are typically  bold and muscular, but they have an added depth and dimension of minerality that is believed to come from the “llicorella” which is what the local Catalans call the mixture of slate and mica that dominate the soil in the region.
The 2007 Rottlan Torra ( is a deep garnet red in the glass.  I get blackberry and dark cherries on the nose and the palate, along with some spiciness and minerality and a little coffee.  This wine is begging for a steak, and so am I!

Type: Red
Vintage: 2007 – Crianza
Country: Spain
Region: Priorat
Producer: Rotllan Torra
Varietal: 35% Garnacha, 35% Mazuelo (aka Carignan), and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sugg. Retail: $19