Embruix de Vall Llach
VINTAGE The 2011 vintage was characterized by having below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures from January to the beginning of October. Leading up to harvest, grape quality was good as there were no adverse weather conditions, and the high levels of relative humidity favored a healthy ripening of the clusters. Due to the high temperatures and lack of rainfall, however, harvest was pushed up a couple of weeks earlier than normal. The Vall Llach team describes the 2011 vintage as being a “non-eventful, dry vintage that resulted in very concentrated, yet elegant, wines.”
VINEYARDS Situated in one of the D.O.Q. Priorat's oldest towns, Porrera, the relatively "young" vines that make up this wine are located on steep slopes, comprised entirely of slate, known locally as llicorella. Due to the steep slopes' inability to retain water and the dry, fiery climate, even the clusters that come from Vall Llach's youngest vineyards are small and dense, providing the Embruix with its characteristic "bewitching" quality.
WINEMAKERS NOTES Sourced from estate vines primarily 15- to 20-years-old, Vall Llach’s Embruix (pronounced “Embroosh”), means “bewitching” in Catalan and the name, along with the symbol of a full moon on the wine’s label, are testament to the winery’s interest in biodynamic winemaking. Dark cherry in color with a garnet rim, this wine has appealing aromas of creamy oak, sweet spice, warm blackberry pie and light toasted notes. Seductive and well-balanced on the palate, the 2010 Embruix has mature tannins and delectable flavors that mirror its aromas. Meant to consume now or age for 15 to 20 years, this wine should be served between 58-60ºF. Only 4,500 9L cases produced
VARIETY BLEND 28% Cariñena, 23% Garnacha, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 14% Syrah