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
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
The Wine Advocate
" 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."