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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Vall Llach Idus 2004
Vall Llach Idus 2004
(search item no. 91582)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Idus is the result of a close collaboration with local viticulturalists and owners of "trossos," or small vineyard blocks, who cultivate old-vine Cariñenas and Garnachas. These old-vine vineyards, which are located in the Porrera and Torroja municipalities, are the key to the character of this wine.

Deep cherry red in color, this wine has a provocative aroma that is slightly earthy and full of ripe berries, dried fruit, and forest herbs. On the palate it is perfectly balanced with undulating flavors of dark fruit and minerals, licorice and chocolate-covered cherries. Its great structure and long finish produce a truly extraordinary and modern wine.

45% Cariñena, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Garnacha, 10% Syrah

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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.