2005 Vall Llach 750ml

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2005 Vall Llach

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Wine Advocate | 96+

The flagship 2005 Vall-Llach is composed of 65% Carinena, 15% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot aged for 12 months in new French oak. Many of the Carinena vines for this cuvee are pre-phylloxera. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a splendid aromatic array including pain grille, slate, mushroom, espresso, garrigue, blueberry, and black currant. Opulent, full-bodied, and rich, this pedal to the metal Priorat possesses 8-10 years of aging potential. The winery claims it can be cellared for up to 50 years; that could well prove true although many of us will not be around to find out or our delay of gratification will have long given out.

Drink Dates: 2016-2050
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 175

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Wine Spectator | 89

Round and juicy, this red shows cherry, plum and vanilla notes, expressive if not nuanced, with well-integrated tannins and a sweet finish. Up-front flavors bring you back for another sip.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Thomas Matthews
Issue: Web Only

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Score: 91
Author: Hal
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/04/2014
Score: 91
Author: Eric Gorescu
Tasted On: 03/02/2012
Score: 93
Author: petery
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/13/2008
Extremely nice dark ruby red color. There are a calculated amount of high harmonious glycerin levels to fruit. The taste is rich however not overpowering. There are layers of soil minerals, chicory espresso, and dark fruit flavors with a nice cocoa finish. I would recommend some decanting for full enjoyment. 65% Carinena, 15% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot 15.5% Alcohol WA96 WE96

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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