Vall Llach Idus 2002

Red Blends from Priorat, Spain

Item No. 92983
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST91
  • RP90
  • WE90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • RP92
  • 2001
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes

The wine is a result of Celler Vall Llach working in close collaboration with small growers, based on "trossos" – fine old estates – who, during some very difficult years, continued to cultivate traditional Cariñena and Garnacha vines. The grapes come from old vines located in small vineyards that are planted on slate "llicorella" hillsides through the districts of Porrera and Torroja.

Blend: 40% Carinena, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Garnacha and 5% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

"Ruby-red. Explosively ripe aromas of plum, currant, spicecake, cedar, minerals and violet. Sweet, lush and pliant on entry, then tighter and penetrating in the middle and firmly tannic on the back. There's creamy black fruit flavor and very good volume here but the wine is distinctly clenched today owing to its strong acidity. I'd lay this down for a couple of years."
91 Points

"The concentrated, blueberry-scented and flavored 2002 Idus is a blend of 40% old vine Carignan, 20% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the remainder tiny quantities of Syrah and Grenache. Clean, crisp notes of toasty new oak, lead pencil shavings, blueberries, and black currants are followed by a classy, racy, mid-level Bordeaux-like wine with both elegance and flavor authority. Already approachable, it is best drunk over the next 5-6 years."
90 Points

" Five grapes comprise this luscious, intense, well-rounded wine that offers jolting aromas of black cherry, violets and mineral. Fairly plump and succulent relative to the field, with moderate tannins amplifying flavors of black plum, berries, chocolate and wood. Already easy to drink and will hit its prime in 2006. Imported by Jorge Ordoñez/Fine Estates from Spain."
90 Points

Learn About Vall Llach Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Priorat

(pree-ohr-aht) The Catalans call it Priorat, most others in Spain say Priorato - however you choose to pronounce it, it's easy to see it has been an up-and-coming region for Spain, sparking envy among collectors. The region has become something of a cult wine producer, creating wines that cost up to 5 times that of a quality Rioja. The region has a special soil, called...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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