Porrera Vi de Vila de Vall Llach

DOQ Priorat

A tribute to a village, its townspeople and its indigenous old-vines, Celler Vall Llach created their Porrera Vi de Vila to be a wine of the highest quality and a homage to the people of Porrera, a village that welcomed the winery with open arms and now defines its spirit.

Tasting Notes

Containing aromas of warm berry pie, marzipan and Mediterranean herbs, this wine is rich and expressive in the mouth, with great structure and silky tannins.

The 2013 vintage began with a very rainy spring, which was followed by a dry summer and autumn. Rainfall was relatively low between July and October, allowing for a healthy ripening of the grapes. Bud break, flowering, fruit set and verasion all proceeded at a perfect pace and, as a result, the 2013 vintage was considered to be one of exceptional quality. Harvest of the three old vineyards that make up the inimitable wine Porrera began two weeks later than in 2012, beginning on October 20th and finishing on the 25th. However, due to the favorable weather leading up to and during harvest, the winery was able to harvest all of their grapes at optimum sugar and acidity levels, signifying an excellent phenolic maturation of the clusters and a resulting wine with incredible depth and structure.

After the old-vine clusters were carefully hand-harvested and double-selected on a slow sorting table, a pre-fermentation cold maceration took place for three days before alcoholic fermentation began. The de-stemmed fruit was then fermented in 225-500 liter oak barrels and in 1,000-2,500 liter stainless steel tanks between 25-29ºC over 17-19 days, with daily manual punch-downs. Post-fermentative maceration lasted 12 days, followed by a soft press. Fifty percent of the wine went through malolactic fermentation in tank and 50% in barrel, and afterwards the wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months, racked twice and bottled in May of 2015.

Blend is 72% old-vine Cariñena, 28% old-vine Garnacha

Acidity: 5.0 g/L

pH: 3.50

Alcohol: 15.5%

Located on the eastern edge of Priorat, Porrera is akin to the Carneros region of Napa Valley, in that it has more humidity and typically receives more rainfall than other parts of this inimitable wine region. Known for producing round and concentrated red wines that are “fresher” in quality, Porrera is the diamond in the rough and jagged Priorat landscape. Hailing from three estate-owned vineyard blocks, the Porrera Vi de Vila is a 100% old-vine Spanish wine at its finest.

Ermitade SantAntoni -Vine age: 90-100 yrsold, Elevation: 324-387 M, Orientation: SW, Varieties planted: Cariñena& Garnacha Cabacés-Vine age: 60-80 yrsold, Elevation: 375 M, Orientation: SE-S, Varieties planted: Cariñena& Garnacha La Sentiu-Vine age: 75-90 yrsold, Elevation: 500 M, Orientation: SW-S, Varieties planted: Cariñena& Garnacha

In the rocky hills about 2 hours south of Barcelona and only 12 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea, lies the ancient village of Porrera in the D.O.Q. Priorat. Founded in 1204, a visit to Porrera is like walking back in time – cobblestone streets, only three small restaurants and only a few residents - 450 year round to be exact. Not much exists besides beautiful vistas, old vines, stellar wines and extremely rocky hillsides. Following in the tradition of the Vins du Village in Burgundy, the new Vins de Vila of the D.O.Q. Priorat allow the name of one of its twelve ancient villages (in this case Porrera), to be used when naming a wine, as long as 100% of the grapes in the wine were grown within the boundaries of the municipality. The creation of this sub-appellation helps us to better define the different flavors, aromas and varietal characteristics that come out of this unique Spanish winemaking region. As a tribute to a village, its townspeople and its indigenous old-vines, Celler Vall Llach created their Porrera Vi de Vila to be a wine of the highest quality and a homage to the people of Porrera, a village that welcomed the winery with open arms and now defines its spirit.

Tasting Notes

Containing an intriguing mix of fennel seed, toasted oak, ripe blueberries and candied violets on the nose, the wine is full and round on the palate with well-balanced acidity, integrated tannins and an incredibly long finish.

Considered a dry vintage, due to the successive heat waves that hit the province of Tarragona from the month of May to the end of August, 2012 is said to be characterized by an uneven grape maturation in all regions of Priorat except for the very coolest. As the village where Celler Vall Llach is located lies closest to the Mediterranean sea, it is known to have cooler temperatures than other parts of Priorat. The growing season in Porrera typically lasts much longer and the grapes grown in the rocky hills surrounding the village are harvested later – a winning combination for achieving a perfect phenolic maturation. In the winemaker’s words, “over the spring and summer months, the scarce rainfall meant that our grapes were very healthy and we had no problems with botrytis. We did not observe any water stress in our vines throughout the summer months and our grapes ripened healthily all the way to harvest.”

After the old-vine clusters were carefully hand-harvested and double-selected on a slow sorting table, a pre-fermentation cold maceration took place for three days before alcoholic fermentation began. The de-stemmed fruit was then fermented in 225- 500 liter oak barrels and in 1,000-2,500 liter stainless steel tanks between 25-29 ºC over 17-19 days, with daily manual punch-downs. Post-fermentative maceration lasted 12 days, followed by a soft press. Fifty percent of the wine went through malolactic fermentation in tank and 50% in barrel during May of 2013. The wine was then aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months, racked twice and bottled in June of 2014.

Blend is 80% old-vine Cariñena and 20% old-vine Garnacha

Total acidity:  5.0 g/l

pH:  3.50

Alcohol:  15.5%

Located on the eastern edge of Priorat, Porrera has more humidity than other regions in Priorat as it lies the closest to a large body of water - the Mediterranean Sea. Known for producing round and concentrated red wines that are “fresher” in quality, Porrera is the diamond in the rough and jagged Priorat landscape. Hailing from four estate-owned vineyard blocks, the Porrera Vi de Vila is a 100% old-vine Spanish wine at its finest.

Ermita de Sant Antoni - Vine age: 90-100 yrs old, Elevation: 324-387 M, Orientation: SW, Varieties planted: Cariñena & Garnacha Cabacés - Vine age: 60-80 yrs old, Elevation: 375 M, Orientation: SE-S , Varieties planted: Cariñena & Garnacha La Sentiu - Vine age: 75-90 yrs old, Elevation: 500 M, Orientation: SW-S , Varieties planted: Cariñena & Garnacha

In the rocky hills about 2 hours south of Barcelona and only 12 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea, lies the ancient village of Porrera in the D.O.Q. Priorat. Founded in 1204, a visit to Porrera is like walking back in time – cobble stone streets, only three small restaurants and only a few residents: 450 year-round to be exact. Not much exists besides beautiful vistas, old vines, stellar wines and extremely rocky hillsides. Following in the tradition of the Vins du Village in Burgundy, the new Vins de Vila of the D.O.Q. Priorat allow the name of one of its twelve ancient villages (in this case Porrera) , to be used when naming a wine - as long as 100% of the grapes in the wine were grown within the boundaries of the municipality. The creation of this sub-appellation helps us to better define the different flavors, aromas and varietal characteristics that come out of this unique Spanish winemaking region. A tribute to a village, its townspeople and its indigenous old-vines, Celler Vall Llach created their Porrera Vi de Vila to be a wine of the highest quality and a homage to the people of Porrera - a village that welcomed the winery with open arms and now defines its spirit.

Tasting Notes

Containing a blend of black currant, balsamic, fresh almond and forest herb aromas, the wine is fleshy, tasty and expressive in the mouth, with silky tannins and an interminable finish.

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.

After the old-vine clusters were carefully hand-harvested and double-selected on a slow sorting table, a pre-fermentation cold maceration took place for three days before alcoholic fermentation began. The de-stemmed fruit was then fermented in 225- 500 liter oak barrels and in 1,000-2,500 liter stainless steel tanks between 25-29 ºC over 17-19 days, with daily manual punch-downs. Post-fermentative maceration lasted 12 days, followed by a soft press. Fifty percent of the wine went through malolactic fermentation in tank and 50% in barrel during May of 2011. The wine was then aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months, racked twice and bottled in November of 2012.

Blend is 70% old-vine Cariñena, 30% old-vine Garnacha

Acidity: 4.8 g/L

pH: 3.56

Alcohol: 15.7%

Located on the eastern edge of Priorat, Porrera is akin to the Carneros region of Napa Valley, in that it has more humidity and typically receives more rainfall than other parts of this inimitable wine region. Known for producing round and concentrated red wines that are “fresher” in quality, Porrera is the diamond in the rough and jagged Priorat landscape. Hailing from four estate-owned vineyard blocks, the Porrera Vi de Vila is a 100% old-vine Spanish wine at its finest.

Sant Antoni - Vine age: 90-100 yrs old, Elevation: 324-387 M, Orientation: SW, Varieties planted: Cariñena & Garnacha Tros of Pasco - Vine age: 70-90 yrs old, Elevation: 450 M, Orientation: SW / S / W , Varieties planted: Cariñena Tros of Sola - Vine age: 60-80 yrs old, Elevation: 375 M, Orientation: SE-S , Varieties planted: Cariñena & Garnacha Ters of Sentiu - Vine age: 75-90 yrs old, Elevation: 500 M, Orientation: SW-S , Varieties planted: Cariñena & Garnacha

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2013 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, February 2017

"Espresso and cola notes frame plum and currant fruit in this plush red. Solid tannins support the syrupy texture, while balsamic acidity keeps this lively. Ripe and rich, but remains balanced. Drink now through 2025. 250 cases imported."

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2013 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

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2012 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, June 2015

"Impenetrably dark, closed and reticent, the 2012 Porrera Vi de Vila seems more backward than most of its siblings. There are notes of extremely ripe black fruit and an organic touch. This blend of Cariñena with 20% Garnacha show the fruit ripeness more in the palate where there's also an abundance of dusty, chunky tannin. It ends quite warm, in line with the 15.5% alcohol it carries. This is a bit overpowering and as with most of the wines, it's too hard for current consumption and needs more time in bottle. On the other hand the fruit feels so ripe that I'm not sure the tannins will outlast it. 8,970 bottles produced."

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2012 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, September 2015

"This plush red offers ripe fruit and toasty oak, with blackberry, dark chocolate, orange peel and mineral flavors, supported by firm tannins and balsamic acidity. The fruit is rich and sweet, but lively acidity keeps the wine fresh. Drink now through 2022. 250 cases imported."

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2012 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

"Ripe, lush and a touch raisiny on the nose, this smells like boysenberry pie and crème de cassis liqueur. Chewy, tannic and a bit heavy in this youthful state, this offering from vineyards in the town of Porrera (Vall Llach’s home) delivers blackberry, cassis and prune flavors along with a toasty, chocolaty, oak-heavy finish. Best from 2016 through 2021."

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2010 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, February 2014

"The 2010 Porrera Vi de Vila, a blend of 70% Cariñena and 30% Garnacha, displays a very ripe personality with black and blue berries and even hints of black olives and perfumed notes of violets and rose petals.  The palate is equally fragrant, big and ripe, but with enough acidity and freshness to make it balanced and even elegant in the context.  A gentle giant.  Drink 2015-2020."

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2010 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, September 2014

"Bright violet color.  Potent, mineral-driven dark berry and cherry pit scents show striking clarity, along with deeper notes of mocha, vanilla and licorice.  Stains the palate with sappy black and blue fruit flavors, with smoky mineral and floral qualities adding lift.  Powerful for sure, but zesty acidity and the wine's mineral element bring energy and cut.  Closes sweet, spicy and long, with youthfully chewy tannins adding grip."

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2010 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, December 2014

"Dense, dark-fruit aromas of blueberry and cassis are earthy and almost overripe. A saturated, bold palate delivers blackberry, chocolate, fig, herb and rooty flavors in front of a chunky finish. Consistent with the Vall Llach house style, this is ripe and modern. Drink now through 2017."

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2010 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, August 2014

"Powerful and expressive, this bold red delivers ripe, slightly edgy flavors of kirsch, blackberry and chocolate, with savory accents of tar, rhubarb and mineral. Drink now through 2025."

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