Sourced primarily from 10 to 15 year-old estate vines, Embruix (pronounced "Embroosh") de Vall Llach is Catalan for "bewitching." True to its name, the wine has an enchanting scarlet color with an amethyst halo. Full of succulent fruit, dark minerals and sweet spices, including nutmeg and fennel, this wine is complex and full-bodied. Approachable now, this is a wine that will age for 20+ years.
34% Garnacha, 22% Cariñena, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah, 4% Merlot.
The Vall Llach team has characterized the 2006 vintage as being a "year of contrasts," where a very cold and humid winter was followed by an almost complete lack of spring weather as the temperature jumped from very cold to very warm in a matter of days. The record high temperatures that occurred between April and June were replaced by unusually cool temperatures in July and August, even though all of the summer months were sunny and very dry. Harvest began on the 16th of September and ended much earlier than usual on the 22nd of October. The overall grape quality was said to be very good and the vines produced small grape clusters that were high in sugar concentration with a good phenolic maturation. Total production was similar to that of 2005, when around 1/3 less fruit was harvested than in previous years.
Since its beginnings in the early 1990s, Vall Llach has become one of the most sought after wines in the DOQ Priorat. Formed by famous Spanish singer Luis Llach and Enric Costa, the winery is located in Porrera in Southern Catalonia and has a magnificent holding of 60-90 year old Cariñena and Garnacha vines along with newer plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The resulting wines are plush and supple with great purity of fruit. Vall Llach is the flagship wine and a blend of Cariñena, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and has received rave reviews from Robert Parker. The Idus de Vall Llach is a blend of Cariñena, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha and Syrah and the Embruix de Vall Llach is a blend of Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Superbly crafted wines and a star of the Priorat.
MICHAEL SCHACHNER - WINE ENTHUSIAST
Rubbery and gaseous on first sniff, and then upon airing it shows pretty black fruit scents and richness. Forget about minerality and llicorela here; this wine is modern, lusty, big and dark, with licorice, blackberry and chocolaty flavors. Finishes thick, long and tasty.