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. With an intense cherry red color and appealing aromas of fresh plums, wet slate, blackberry jam and fresh fennel, this wine is expressive, potent and muscular, yet also soft on the palate. Meant to drink now or age for up to 30 years, this wine should be opened a half hour before consuming and served between 55-60ºC.
VINEYARDS The old vines that make up this wine are located in areas with enviable conditions due to their picturesque 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 The winemaking team at Celler Vall Llach has characterized the 2009 vintage as being a typical year for Priorat and one without many surprises. A cold and frosty winter was followed by a very wet spring that brought about the beginning of bud break in late April. The warm month of May was cooled by soft sea breezes off the nearby Mediterranean, providing the perfect climatic conditions for the onset of flowering. July and August were dry and sunny – a typical summer in Priorat – with bright sun and more gentle winds in the early mornings and late afternoons. September began with light rains that helped relieve the hydric stress caused by the sultry summer months and, as the rain tapered off into warm days with cool nights, grape maturation slowed nicely. The overall harvest was long and relaxed, beginning in late September and continuing until the second week of November; in short, a very good and rewarding vintage.
VARIETAL BLEND 40% Cariñena, 30% Merlot, 10% Garnacha, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah