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96 points

2015 BenMarco Expresivo

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2018

93 points

2015 BenMarco Expresivo

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

“This is a structured and powerful wine for the vintage with lots of polished tannins and beautiful cool and intense fruit. Full to medium body, tight tannins and a flavorful finish. Need a year or two but already gorgeous.”

92 points

2015 BenMarco Expresivo

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

“The 2015 BenMarco Expresivo is 87% Malbec and 13% Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, which is a little more Malbec and less Cabernet Franc than the 2016. It has the generous profile of the vintage within the freshness of the place, so it combines power and elegance. The palate is polished and sleek, with round tannins. 30,000 bottles produced.”

94 points

2014 BenMarco Expresivo

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

94 points

2014 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, November 2015

90 points

2014 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

“The 2014 Benmarco Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with grapes grown in a young vineyard from Los Árboles in the Valle de Uco, the Finca Brio. This year it's not pure Cabernet, as it also contains some 10% Cabernet Franc grapes. As with the whole range, the grapes are carefully destemmed and fermented with daily pigeage and then matured in used French barriques for 12 months. It's quite aromatic with herbal aromas, spices, hints of tobacco leaves and peppercorns, turning spicier with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins, long and easy to drink. 36,000 bottles produced.”

89 points

2014 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

“(from stony calcaire in the higher-altitude Los Arboles, at 1,400 meters): Bright, dark red. Redcurrant, plum and spices are lifted by a floral topnote on the nose and palate. Firmly built and energetic; doesn't show quite the sweetness or depth of the Malbec but this is suave and fine-grained. Not especially complex but delivers sneaky intensity of flavor. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins.”

93 points

2014 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

“Dark berry aromas include black cherry and cassis. From the village of Porrera, this is a rich and intense version of Priorat, one that's 77% Carignan and 23% Garnacha. Medicinal black-fruit flavors feature elderberry and black currant, while this is toasty and peppery across a warm finish. It will be best from 2020–2026.”

93 points

2014 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila

Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, February 2018

“This red shows depth and power, with ripe black cherry and plum flavors mingling with floral, loamy earth and vanilla notes in a thick, firm texture. Stays harmonious and fresh. Carignan and Garnacha. Drink now through 2029. 300 cases imported. ”

93 points

2014 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, April 2018

“The village red 2014 Porrera is mostly Cariñena with 23% Garnacha from old vines on very steep slate slopes. It fermented in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and small stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and with daily pigéage for some 19 days. It matured for 14 months, with the Cariñena in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels and the Garnacha in 1,500-liter oak vats and clay amphorae. It feels like the juice from the old Cariñena tolerated the oak quite well, and the wine showed better balance and freshness than most of its siblings. It's quite extracted but showed more acidity, which compensated it so that it felt more balanced, in its own XL way. 6,186 bottles were filled in May 2016.”

92 points

2013 Vall Llach Porrera Vi de Vila

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

“This aromatic Priorat is 72% Carignan and the rest Garnacha. Aromas of floral bath soap, cinnamon and cedar accent plum and berry scents. In the mouth, this is built like a tank. Spicy chocolaty black-plum and cassis flavors finish chewy and thick, with notes of mint and licorice. Drink through 2021.”

91 points

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.”

91 points

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.”

88 points

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.”

93 points

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.”

95 points

2013 Vall Llach Vi de Finca Mas de la Rosa

Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, September 2018

“This powerful red shows depth and harmony. The thick texture is supported by well-integrated tannins, delivering cassis, kirsch, menthol and cola flavors. Herbal and meaty notes add a savory element. You might call this Priorat on steroids, but this remains balanced and fresh. Drink now through 2033. 30 cases imported.”

93 points

2012 Vall Llach Vi de Finca Mas de la Rosa

Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Augu 2016

“Year's Best: The flagship wine of Vall Llach, this grows on a steep slope facing the warm afternoon sun. In the hot, dry 2012 vintage, the wine is almost impenetrable, a block of ripe black fruit. As it takes on oxygen in the glass, it begins to show a softer side, calming the fierceness of the tannins and pulling aside the curtain of superripe fruit to reveal fresher herbal notes. It is grand in all aspects, while still balanced in its voluptuous immensity.”

95 points

2012 Vall Llach Vi de Finca Mas de la Rosa

Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, July 2015

“Rich and polished, this plush red delivers a mouthful of blackberry, licorice, creamy vanilla and baking spice flavors, with well integrated tannins and gentle but bright acidity. Floral, orange peel and mineral notes linger on the long, juicy finish. Drink now through 2022.”

92 points

2012 Vall Llach Vi de Finca Mas de la Rosa

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, June 2015

“Finally, the single-vineyard, crown jewel that is a blend of 93% Cariñena, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Garnacha, the 2012 Vall Llach Mas de la Rosa seems to have taken the heat of the vintage much better. Although ripe, it's not overripe, and there are floral notes reminiscent of violets, plenty of spicy/smoky aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves and some slate, peat and graphite reminiscences. Not as massive as you'd think (unless we talk about the huge, over-sized bottles...), it's actually elegant within its style, and compared with its siblings, the tannins are well-coated with juicy fruit and the glycerin from the alcohol. It ends long and relatively warm. This has better balance within the powerful, rice and generously-oaked style. 1,542 bottles produced.”

94 points

2012 Vall Llach Vi de Finca Mas de la Rosa

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, June 2015

“Licorice, lemon peel, nutmeg, black cherry, requisite schist and smoke aromas set up a juicy, full-bodied, tannic palate with blackberry, mocha, cassis and mild herbal flavors. Blackened toast, licorice and black-fruit flavors are draped all over a smooth, controlled finish. Best from 2016 through 2023. Cellar Selection.”