Idus de Vall Llach
WINEMAKERS NOTES Idus is the result of a close collaboration between the Vall Llach estate and owners of trossos, or small vineyard blocks, who cultivate old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha. These ancient vineyards, located near the towns of Porrera and Torroja, Priorat, produce the essential Priorat character of this wine. The head-pruned, tiny “bonsai” vines yield naturally concentrated grapes that produce a stunningly inky red wine with complex aromas and flavors. An elegant and modern Priorat that surprises with its soft mineral tones and rich, dark fruit flavors, the 2010 Idus de Vall Llach is balanced and structured, with both a soft and persistent finish. Meant to drink now or age for up to 30 years, this wine should be opened a half hour before consuming and served between 55-60ºF.
VINEYARDS surroundings, hours of sunshine and elevation above sea level. Their rocky slopes are impressive to the eye, and prevent any kind of mechanical farming, which mandates an intimate and exclusive relationship with the wine grower. Selected from the choicest vineyard blocks each individual year, this wine is guaranteed to possess some of the best fruit that can be found in the Porrera and Torroja regions of Priorat.
VINTAGE 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.
VARIETAL BLEND 76% Cariñena, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Garnacha