Vall Llach Embruix 2004
Red Blends from Priorat, Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Sourced primarily from 6-8 year-old vines, Embruix (Catalan for "bewitching") presents an enchanting deep cherry
red color and cardinal hue, with aromas of minerals, mature red and black fruit, and a range of toasty notes which
include freshly roasted coffee. The flavors of the wine mimic its aromas, with soft, elegant tannins that are very
persistent in the mid-palate. It is deeply enjoyable when it first enters the mouth and its complex flavors develop into
a long, satisfying finish.
35% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 20% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
I tasted the 2003 (which Wine Spectator gave a 93!) made of: 30% Cariñena, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Garnacha, 15% Syrah, and 5% Merlot! This is a fabulously uncommon wine in a great value category for those not able to afford the Vall Llach or Clos Erasmus in a Priorat. It is equally rare to have a wine with such a significant amount of Carignan/Cariñena in it, that is from old enough vines and interesting enough terroir, to derive a wine of such character by their use. I discerned from this medium-ruby juice; a nose filled with dusty cocoa powder, allspice, aromatic Mediterranean woods and this distinctive primary scrub-steppeland broom, (and just barely sooty) which is so beguiling! On the palate in addition to the lovely sweet ripe dark red fruits, cassis, liquorice, blueberry, with subtle nuances of pepper, allspice, balsam, tar, and hints of lactics,.. there was that same scrub-steppeland broom with crushed-rock minerals as well! Don't decant this baby! That "dust from the earth" bouquet blows away in about 20 minutes, and those luxurious tannins soften out those complex sooty minerals in the palate after about 40 minutes. (Some might prefer that, but I prefer what you can't get in many other wines) So I'd Vacu-Vin this one now after each pour, or Drink up! I'd give it between a 94 and a 97, honestly depending on my demeanor at the time, and/or the food pairing in front of me. Rack of Lamb with a currant-cassis demi-glace, olive oil & herb-roasted baby red potatoes & garlic cloves, a caesar salad and a very dark chocolate mousse, for a Sunday afternoon dinner was the 97!
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