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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Vall Llach Priorat 2005
Vall Llach Priorat 2005
(search item no. 98241)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $58.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 65% Cariñena, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 15% Syrah and 5% Merlot.

In the rolling hills of Porrera, within the winemaking region of Priorat, grow the ancient vines of Celler Vall Llach. Dating back over 100 years, many of their vines are pre-phylloxera and provide Vall Llach's flagship wine with its characteristic elegant structure and individual character. The proprietary blend is soft and sultry, possessing a unique blend of mineral, rich dark fruit and Mediterranean herb flavors. The estate recommends opening this wine one hour before serving to permit it to fully blossom in the glass.

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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.