2000 Vall Llach 750ml

Spain - Catalonia - Priorato/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2000 Vall Llach
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($88; a blend of this producer's very old carinena vines with 50% young merlot and cabernet sauvignon) Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, dark plum and musky espresso. Thick, sweet, chewy and dense; quite powerful but also suave and seamless. Considerably deeper than the Embruix. Finishes with explosive length and noteworthy verve; the huge but pliant tannins coat the front teeth. (Fine Estates From Spain, Dedham, MA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 109

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Score: 93
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 02/25/2012

About This Producer


Vall Llach is a fantastically successful venture founded in 1990 by singer Luis Llach and notary Enric Costa in the Priorat DOCa in the village of Porrera. The Vall Llach (1998 was the first vintage) is from nearly 100-year-old vines and is a blockbuster m�lange of Cari�ena, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Embruix is an amazingly rich, harmonious blend of Cari�ena, Cabernet, Grenache, Merlot and Syrah with a lovely tone of red fruit adding to its character. Idus, their third blend, is also focused around the traditional Cari�ena variety with a mix of New World grapes.

In addition to making careful grape purchases from nearby farms, Vall Llach owns several old estates that grow 60 to 90-year-old Cari�ena and Garnacha vines. During the '90s, the winery planted Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines to complement their old vines and blending strategy. The estate aims to find a balance between tradition and cutting-edge technology in its production, from grape cultivation to the wine in the glass.

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