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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Vall Llach Embruix 2006
Vall Llach Embruix 2006
(search item no. 107675)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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About Vall Llach:

From its founding in the early 1990s, by famed Spanish singer Lluís 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 Cariñena and Garnacha vines.

Old vines naturally produce low yields, and Vall Llach reduces yields even further through careful vineyard management for densely concentrated wines. Vineyards climb steep slate hillsides, receiving optimum sun exposure and beneficial water deprivation, further concentrating the fruit. Newer plantings of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah add complexity to the old-vine character, and the resulting wines - Vall Llach, Idus, and Embruix - have received high critical acclaim.