Region / Appellation: Priorat DOQ
Producer: Celler Vall Llach
Grape Variety: 45% Cariñena, 18% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Garnacha, 11% Syrah
Alcohol Content: 15%
Vall Llach Idus is an elegant and modern wine which surprises with the mineral tones provided by the Cariñena vines, balanced and structured by the inclusion of other varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon. The skilled use of these varieties confers on the wine a profound complexity of aroma and flavor which is both persistent and soft on the palate.
93 Points Decántalo
92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Idus de Vall-Llach displays a glass-coating opaque purple color along with the enticing nose of balsam wood, tar, licorice, espresso, and assorted black fruits. Full-bodied on the palate, it has ample savory fruit but could us a bit more depth. Well-balanced and lengthy, it will continue to blossom for several more years and provide prime drinking from 2014 to 2028." (5/2011)
About the Winery:
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.