Vall Llach Embruix 2005
from Priorat, Spain
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
"Rich yet focused, this powerful red from Spain delivers plum, black cherry, anise, tobacco and sage flavors over muscular tannins. It's thick on the palate, yet dissolves to licorice, spice and flowers on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2020. 1,900 cases made. "
"Despite the fact that this wine comes from the youngest vines of Vall Llach, its intense, mineral character feels deep and round. The fruit is red and refreshing, the flavors filled with juicy ripe strawberry and violet aromas all the way through a long finish."
Wine & Spirits
"Vall Llach Embruix may be the winery's base-level offering but it's no starter wine. Five grapes led by Garnacha are blended to achieve a potent and piercing brew of blueberry aromas, black cherry and cassis flavors, and a rich, chocolaty finish. Modern in style, and making no apologies for it. Equal in quality to the excellent 2004 Embruix. "
"The 2005 Embruix ("bewitched" in Catalan), sourced from the estate's younger vines, is a blend of 38% Garnacha, 26% Carinena, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 6% Merlot. Fifty percent of the wine was barrel fermented and all of it was aged for 16 months in seasoned French oak. Crimson-colored, the wine has an attractive nose of cedar, tobacco, pencil lead, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, plush, forward, and nearly seamless, it has lots of spicy dark fruits, silky tannin, excellent depth, and a pure finish. Drink this pleasurable wine over the next 6-8 years.
The Wine Advocate
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