2002 Vall Llach - Idus 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($60; a blend of 40% carinena, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 10% garnacha and 5% syrah) Ruby-red. Explosively ripe aromas of plum, currant, spicecake, cedar, minerals and violet. Sweet, lush and pliant on entry, then tighter and penetrating in the middle and firmly tannic on the back. There's creamy black fruit flavor and very good volume here but the wine is distinctly clenched today owing to its strong acidity. I'd lay this down for a couple of years. (Fine Estates From Spain, Dedham, MA)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 122

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The concentrated, blueberry-scented and flavored 2002 Idus is a blend of 40% old vine Carignan, 20% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the remainder tiny quantities of Syrah and Grenache. Clean, crisp notes of toasty new oak, lead pencil shavings, blueberries, and black currants are followed by a classy, racy, mid-level Bordeaux-like wine with both elegance and flavor authority. Already approachable, it is best drunk over the next 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 159

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: JV
Tasted On: 09/08/2006
drank w/ bonnie jenkins and bill rogers @ eccolo. great wine. supple, smooth, fruity, lush, deep. long finish. will buy more.

Average rating: 91, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

56 bottles owned by 30 collectors.

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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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