Vall Llach Idus 2006
from Priorat, Spain
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
Idus is the result of a close collaboration between the Vall Llach estate and owners of trossos, or small vineyard blocks, who cultivate old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha. These ancient vineyards, located near the towns of Porrera and Torroja, Priorat, produce the essential Priorat character of this wine. The head-pruned, tiny "bonsai" vines yield naturally concentrated fruit that produce a wine ruby red in color with aromas of black licorice, marzipan, nutmeg and allspice. On the palate Idus is unctuous and mineral-rich with a very long finish. Meant to drink now or age for up to 30 years, this wine should be opened a half hour before consuming and served between 55-60ºC.
40% Cariñena, 20% Merlot, 15% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah.
alcohol by volume:
"A dense, rich and chewy red, showing dark chocolate, black cherry and licorice flavors, with fig pudding and mineral notes. Muscular tannins are balanced by lively acidity. Best from 2012 through 2020."
"Another exellent Idus. The nose is jammed full of big berry, leather and earth aromas. In the mouth, it's pure to the hilt, with jammy depth and delicious flavors of blackberry, chocolate and licorice. Finishes toasty and creamy, with soft tannins and ease. Drink now through 2015."
"The purple-colored 2006 Idus is made up of 40% Carinena, 20% Merlot, 15% Garnacha, and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah aged in a mix of new and used French oak for 14 months. It reveals a fragrant nose of cedar, spice box (nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon), mineral, black cherry, and licorice. Structured and a bit tightly wound on the palate, it has plenty of extract, savory flavors, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Give it 4-6 years in the cellar and drink it from 2014 to 2026."
The Wine Advocate
"Inky ruby. Ripe cherry and plum aromas are complemented by suggestions of dried rose and violet, along with a touch of anise. Fleshy and smooth on the palate, offering rich dark fruit flavors and a late note of bitter chocolate. The finish repeats the cherry and anise notes and clings with very good tenacity."
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