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2005 Vall Llach Proprietary Blend - Spain - Catalonia - Priorato - Red

Spain - Catalonia - Priorato

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

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,... More »

Score
92
WA 96+
WS 89
Drink Dates
WA: 2016-2050 WS: 2008-2012
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WA 96+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 175
Drink Dates 2016-2050

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.

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WS 89
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web Only
Drink Dates 2008-2012

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.

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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

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