Embruix de Vall Llach 2007
16 months in French oak
Wine Advocate (April 2010), 91 points.
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Priorat makes massive wines; there is no arguing that. But the allure of the region is its stark beauty and its ability to craft wildly ripe wines that nonetheless retain dryness and even balance. This wine is no exception: black plums and raisins give way to some red cherries and bright raspberries, with spice throughout--a typical Priorat rollercoaster ride. Drink soon or in the next few years.
Sourced primarily from 10- to 15-year-old estate vines, the Embruix (pronounced "Embroosh") de Vall Llach is Catalan for "bewitching". True to its name, the wine has an enchanting ruby-red color and captivating aromas of fresh blueberries, dark minerals, ripe plums, and mulling spices. On the palate, the wine is surprisingly complex and full-bodied with soft tannins and a hint of sweet fennel expressed in the finish.
About the Winery
Situated in one of the DOCa Priorat's oldest towns, Porrera, the relatively "young" vines that make up this Vall Llach wine are located on steep slopes, comprised entirely of slate, known locally as licorella. Due to the steep slopes' inability to retain scarce water and the dry, fiery climate, the grape clusters produced in these Vall Llach vineyards are small and dense, providing the Embruix (pronounced "Embroosh"—Catalan for bewitching) with its characteristic "bewitching" quality.