Wine Region: Priorat, Spain
Grape:Â Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
In the rolling hills of Porrera within the rocky region of Priorat, grow the ancient vines of Celler Vall Llach. Dating back over 100 years, the winery's diminutive, centennial vines provide their flagship wine, Vall Llach, with its characteristic elegant structure and individual character. With enticing aromas of wild-berry jam, fresh plums, baker's chocolate and creamy oak, this wine is captivating, fleshy, and wholly incomparable. Black fruit is supported by hints of sweet spice, mint and dark minerals in the mouth and with great structure and smooth tannins, this wine may be enjoyed now or aged for up to 50 years. The estate recommends opening this wine 30 minutes before drinking and serving it a temperature of 55-60ÂºF. Blend: 65% Carinena, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot.
Robert Parker 90 pts -Â The flagship 2008 Vall LLach is a blend of 65% Carinena, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Merlot aged for 14 months in new French oak. Purple/black in color with a distinguished bouquet of mineral, damp earth, espresso, Asian spices, lavender, underbrush, black cherry, and plum, on the palate it is full-bodied dense, succulent, and brooding. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 6-8 years and will hit its stride between 2015 and 2033.
About the Winery
From its founding in the early 1990s, by famed Spanish singer LluÃs Llach and notary Enric Costa, Vall Llach winemaking has been governed by a commitment to rigor and quality. The winery lies in the tiny village of Porerra, in southern Catalonia, in the highly-acclaimed D.O.Q. Priorat. Here, the magnificent century-old vineyard estates of Vall Llach are home to 60- to 90-year-old CariÃ±ena and Garnacha vines.
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