Vall Llach Embruix 2006
from Priorat, Spain
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The Vall Llach team has characterized the 2006 vintage as being a "year of contrasts," where a very cold and humid winter was followed by an almost complete lack of spring weather as the temperature jumped from very cold to very warm in a matter of days. The record high temperatures that occurred between April and June were replaced by unusually cool temperatures in July and August, even though all of the summer months were sunny and very dry. Harvest began on the 16th of September and ended much earlier than usual on the 22nd of October. The overall grape quality was said to be very good and the vines produced small grape clusters that were high in sugar concentration with a good phenolic maturation. Total production was similar to that of 2005, when around 1/3 less fruit was harvested than in previous years.
34% Garnacha, 22% Cariñena, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah, 4% Merlot.
Sourced primarily from 10 to 15 year-old estate vines, Embruix (pronounced "Embroosh") de Vall Llach is Catalan for "bewitching." True to its name, the wine has an enchanting scarlet color with an amethyst halo. Full of succulent fruit, dark minerals and sweet spices, including nutmeg and fennel, this wine is complex and full-bodied. Meant to consume now or age for 20-25 years, this wine should be served between 58-60ºF.
"Rubbery and gaseous on first sniff, and then upon airing it shows pretty black fruit scents and richness. Forget about minerality and llicorela here; this wine is modern, lusty, big and dark, with licorice, blackberry and chocolately flavors. Finishes thick, long and tasty."
"Sleek and firm, this red offers black cherry, licorice and tobacco flavors. A bit austere, but well-integrated, with firm tannins and a smoky finish. For those who prefer bitter to sweet. Drink now through 2016."
"Saturated ruby. Blackberry and candied cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice and dried violet. Supple, forward and fruity, with gentle acidity adding lift and focus. This rather suave and already approachable wine finishes with lingering dark berry flavors and a kiss of herbs."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2006 Embruix uses all five varieties permitted in the Priorat DO sourced from the estate’s younger vines. Purple in color, it has an expressive perfume of cedar, spice box, mineral, damp earth, and black fruits that jump from the glass. On the palate, however, the wine is compact and reticent. The flavors are good but the wine lacks generosity. Drink it over the next eight years."
The Wine Advocate
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