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Vall Llach
WINEMAKERS NOTES   In the rolling hills of Porrera within the rocky region of Priorat, grow the ancient vines of Celler Vall Llach. Dating back over 100 years, the winery’s diminutive, centennial vines provide their flagship wine, Vall Llach de Vall Llach, with its individual character and elegance. Profound and structured, the 2009 Vall Llach de Vall Llach contains magnificent concentration along with a rich weave of unique aromas and flavors, making it one of Priorat’s most highly prized wines. Containing an opulent blend of wild berries, black plums, milk chocolate and marzipan both in the nose and on the palate, this wine is captivating, fleshy, and wholly incomparable. Meant to be enjoyed now or aged for up to 50 years, the estate recommends opening this wine 30 minutes before drinking and serving it a temperature of 55-60ºF.

VARIETAL BLEND      65% old-vine Cariñena, 20% old-vine Garnacha and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

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 slow and relaxed, beginning in late September and continuing until the second week of November. In short, a very good and rewarding vintage.

VINEYARDS      Celler Vall Llach is fortunate to possess a selection of magnificent old estates, or trossos, whose 60- to 110-year-old Cariñena and Garnacha vines assure an exclusive foundation for its flagship wine. These centennial vines grow on rocky, 80º slopes and are cultivated according to traditional methods. Very small collection boxes or baskets are used in order to protect the few clusters that these low-yielding old vines produce. Production per vine is so low, in fact, that it often times takes between 3 to 7 vines to make just one bottle of wine. After vinification the wine from each tros is aged separately until it is finally blended with a strict selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, giving the Vall Llach its distinctive character.
 
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