Embruix de Vall Llach
VINTAGE 2010 began with a long, cold winter, during which enough snow and rain fell to maintain an important hydric reserve all the way through the later period of bud-break. The rain continued into the spring months, producing a vigorous vegetative cycle that lasted throughout flowering in the middle of June. Despite the abundant rainfall, however, both the vines’ flowers and leaves remained disease-free all the way to harvest, thanks to the moderate evening temperatures and warm, windy days that graced Priorat from the end of spring to the beginning of fall. After a healthy fruit set, veraison also began later than normal, giving way to a nice and slow phenolic maturation – perfect conditions for producing wines of exceptional quality from the typically sweltering, rocky hillsides of Priorat. Harvest began in Porrera towards the end of September and finished during the second week of November, where each individual vineyard block was harvested only when it had reached its optimum ripeness. From a “quiet, slow and cool vintage,” the 2010 wines from Celler Vall Llach should be exceptional upon release and will age gracefully over the next several years.
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 27% Cariñena, 23% Garnacha, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 15% Syrah