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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Vall Llach Embruix 2008
Vall Llach Embruix 2008
(search item no. 116623)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 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:

Only careful cultivation, well-managed microproduction, vinification differentiated by variety and estate using low-volume tanks, and above all, the miracle worked by the Priorat region on both the native varieties and on Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes can explain the splendid result: Embruix, Catalan for bewitching.

Immediately agreeable, but with a repertoire of powerful aromas and flavors, this is a wine that satisfies both the connaisseur and the casual consumer.

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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.