Idus de Vall Llach

DOQ Priorat

Idus de Vall Llach is the result of a close collaboration between the Vall Llach estate and fifteen independent grape growers who cultivate old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha on the rocky hillsides of Priorat. These ancient vineyards, located near the towns of Porrera and Torroja, produce the quintessential Priorat character of this wine.

Tasting Notes

The head-pruned, tiny “bonsai” vines yield tiny, naturally concentrated grapes that produce an inky red wine with incredibly complex aromas and flavors. An elegant and modern wine, soft mineral tones are produced by the Cariñena vines that are balanced and structured by the inclusion of old-vine Garnacha.  

The wine was transferred to 225 and 300 litre second wine barrels of light- and medium-toasted fine grained new French oak. The wine was moved once during the ageing period of 14 months.  

3.57 pH 15.0% alcohol by volume

Idus de Vall Llach is the result of a close collaboration between the Vall Llach estate and fifteen independent grape growers who cultivate old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha on the rocky hillsides of Priorat. These ancient vineyards, located near the towns of Porrera and Torroja, produce the quintessential Priorat character of this wine.

Tasting Notes

The head-pruned, tiny “bonsai” vines yield tiny, naturally concentrated grapes that produce an inky red wine with incredibly complex aromas and flavors. An elegant and modern wine, soft mineral tones are produced by the Cariñena vines that are balanced and structured by the inclusion of old-vine Garnacha. The 2017 Idus is multifaceted, with alluring aromas of red forest fruit, fleshy black plums, hints of forest herbs, wood smoke and dark minerals. Wide on the palate, the wine is both powerful and fresh for an old-vine Priorat; displaying good acidity, round tannins and an incredibly long finish.

The 2017 vintage in DOQ Priorat turned out to be a balance between climatic extremes. Rainfall above average at the beginning of the growing season and spring was then answered by very hot temperatures following verasion and the lack of rain during July and August. The early ripening that resulted was moderated during the month of September, though, when light rains, dry wind from the north and a significant drop in temperatures favored a slower and more balanced maturity of the grapes’ concentration, which had been quickly accelerated during the hotter months.Harvest started early, in the second half of September and was finished between October 18th and 21st.Overall, it can be said that the 2017 vintage in DOQ Priorat produced healthy and exceptional grapes, and wines that are very pure and direct aromatically, described by winemaker Albert Costa as ‘mature, structured wines that are concentrated and elegant and with good acidity…characteristics that are all ideal for long bottle aging.’

Upon entry into the winery: In order to ensure optimum grape quality, all vineyard blocks and all varieties are manually harvested and vinified separately. Vinification: After de-stemming, alcoholic fermentation takes place between 25-29 ºC in 2,500L and 5,000L stainless steel tanks over 17 days, with daily manual punch-downs. Post-fermentative maceration lasts 5 days, and is followed by a soft press, after which 50% of the wine goes through ML in stainless steel tank and 50% in barrel. Aging: Aged in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter second-year French oak barrels with a light toast for a total time of 14 months. Bottling: May 2019  

Blend is 90% Cariñena, 10% Garnacha 5.2 g/l (0.52%) total acidity 3.55 pH 15.0% alcohol by volume

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.  The incredibly rocky slopes are impressive to the eye, and prevent any kind of mechanical farming, mandating an intimate and exclusive relationship with the wine grower. Celler Vall Llach counts on the enthusiastic collaboration of growers that own trossos, or fine old vineyard blocks, who during some very difficult years, continued to cultivate the traditional Cariñena and Garnacha grape varieties. Selected each year from the best old vineyard blocks that surround the emblematic village of Porrera, these ancient vines  define the character of Idus de Vall Llach.  A slow, manual harvest took place between September 15th and October 21st, where some of the best naturally-concentrated fruit found growing on the eastern side of Priorat was collected for making this singular wine.

Idus de Vall Llach is the result of a close collaboration between the Vall Llach estate and fifteen independent grape growers who cultivate old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha on the rocky hillsides of Priorat. These ancient vineyards, located near the towns of Porrera and Torroja, produce the quintessential Priorat character of this wine.

Tasting Notes

The head-pruned, tiny “bonsai” vines yield tiny, naturally concentrated grapes that produce an inky red wine with incredibly complex aromas and flavors. An elegant and modern wine, soft mineral tones are produced by the Cariñena vines that are balanced and structured by the inclusion of old-vine Garnacha. The 2016 Idus is multifaceted, with alluring aromas of red forest fruit, fleshy black plums, hints of forest herbs, wood smoke and dark minerals. Wide on the palate, the wine is both powerful and fresh for an old-vine Priorat; displaying good acidity, round tannins and an incredibly long finish.

The 2016 vintage in Priorat was considered to be exceptional due to the lack of rain, beautifully moderate temperatures and the presence of dry air during key moments of the cycle of the vine. The year was marked by a dry winter, a rainy early-spring and a rather cool and dry summer-early-fall. While temperatures began to rise a few weeks following verasion, which accelerated the concentration of grape sugars, the heightened maturation was slowed down during the month of October, when moderate rains favored a slower and more balanced end of maturity. Harvest was delayed a full 3-8 days later than usual, ending on the 4th of November, with perfectly healthy and non-desiccated clusters. Overall it can be said that the 2016 vintage in Priorat exhibited an excellent extended maturation, which winemaker Albert Costa said gave rise to ‘mature, structured wines that are concentrated and elegant and with good acidity…characteristics that are all ideal for long-bottle aging.’

Upon entry into the winery: In order to ensure optimum grape quality, all vineyard blocks and all varieties are manually harvested and vinified separately. Vinification: After de-stemming, alcoholic fermentation takes place between 25-29 ºC in 2,500L and 5,000L stainless steel tanks over 17 days, with daily manual punch-downs. Post-fermentative maceration lasts 12 days, and is followed by a soft press, after which 50% of the wine goes through ML in tank and 50% in barrel. Aging: Aged in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter third and fourth-year French oak barrels with a light toast for a total time of 14 months. Bottling: March 2017  

Blend is 90% Cariñena, 10% Garnacha 5.2 g/l (0.52%) total acidity 3.55 pH 15.0% alcohol by volume

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.  The incredibly rocky slopes are impressive to the eye, and prevent any kind of mechanical farming, mandating an intimate and exclusive relationship with the wine grower. Celler Vall Llach counts on the enthusiastic collaboration of growers that own trossos, or fine old vineyard blocks, who during some very difficult years, continued to cultivate the traditional Cariñena and Garnacha grape varieties. Selected each year from the best old vineyard blocks that surround the emblematic village of Porrera, these ancient vines  define the character of Idus de Vall Llach.  A slow, manual harvest took place between September 15th and October 28th, where some of the best naturally-concentrated fruit found growing on the eastern side of Priorat was collected for making this singular wine.

Idus de Vall Llach is the result of a close collaboration between the Vall Llach estate and fifteen independent grape growers who cultivate old-vine Cariñena and Garnacha on the rocky hillsides of Priorat. These ancient vineyards, located near the towns of Porrera and Torroja, produce the quintessential Priorat character of this wine.

Tasting Notes

The head-pruned, tiny “bonsai” vines yield tiny, naturally concentrated grapes that produce an inky red wine with incredibly complex aromas and flavors. An elegant and modern wine, soft mineral tones are produced by the Cariñena vines that are balanced and structured by the inclusion of old-vine Garnacha.

Albert Costa characterized the 2015 vintage as having a moderate winter with a small amount (around 10 cm) of snowfall in the middle of February. The beginning of spring was less rainy that usual, with slightly warmer temperatures than in previous years.  A rainy end of spring/beginning of summer provided the vineyards with a substantial amount of underground water, allowing the vines to face another hot and dry summer, as is typically found during the summer months in Priorat. Harvest was said to have proceeded in a ‘calm’ fashion and overall, the 2015 vintage was said to produce grapes of very good quality.

A pre-fermentation cold maceration took place for three days before alcoholic fermentation began. De-stemmed grapes were fermented in 2,500 and 5,000 liter stainless steel tanks between 25-29ºC over 17 days, with soft, daily manual punch-downs.  In order to ensure optimum grape quality, all vineyard blocks were harvested and vinified separately, with over 90 different micro-fermentations performed.  Post-fermentative maceration lasted 5 days, followed by a soft press.  Fifty percent of the wine then went through malolactic fermentation in tank and 50% in barrel, before it was aged in fine grain, 225 and 300 liter first- and second-year French oak barrels with a light toast.  The barrels were racked once during the total aging time of 14 months and the wine was bottled in March of 2017.  

Blend is 64% Cariñena, 36% Garnacha 4.9 g/l (0.49%) total acidity 3.60 pH 15.5% alcohol by volume

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.  The incredibly rocky slopes are impressive to the eye, and prevent any kind of mechanical farming, mandating an intimate and exclusive relationship with the wine grower. Celler Vall Llach counts on the enthusiastic collaboration of growers that own trossos, or fine old vineyard blocks, who during some very difficult years, continued to cultivate the traditional Cariñena and Garnacha grape varieties. Selected each year from the best old vineyard blocks that surround the emblematic village of Porrera, these ancient vines  define the character of Idus de Vall Llach.  A slow, manual harvest took place between September 15th and October 28th, where some of the best naturally-concentrated fruit found growing on the eastern side of Priorat was collected for making this singular wine.

  • 90

    points

    Wine Spectator, 2022

    "A sleek, fresh red, with savory hints of grilled meat, smoke and herbs wafting through crème de cassis and raspberry ganache flavors. Trimmed by taut tannins, this shows good focus through the juicy, fruit- and espresso-laced finish. Grenache and Cariñena. Drink now through 2027. 180 cases imported."

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  • 92

    points

    Wine Advocate, December 2020

    "I was surprised by the bright berry aromas of the 2017 Idus, with notes of raspberries and blackberries and the oak in the background, adding spiciness but not stealing the show. This comes from selected grapes from old vines purchased from local growers; it's a blend of 68% Cariñena and 32% Garnacha with 15.5% alcohol that doesn't show heat or alcohol and comes through as balanced, juicy and powerful but also elegant. It has fine-grained tannins and a dry, long finish. The Cariñena matured in new and second use 225- and 300-liter French oak barrels and the Garnacha in tinaja and 1,50-liter oak vats for 14 months during which time it was racked once. 6,860 bottles were filled in May 2019."

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  • 93

    points

    James Suckling, July 2019

    "Impressive blueberry and flinty, graphite-like aromas here with ripe plums, too. The palate has a super smooth, sleek and deliciously juicy feel, delivering plenty of ripe yet fresh blue-fruit flavor. Fine, long tannins. Drink or hold."

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  • 93

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    Wine Enthusiast, August 2019

    "Bold and welcoming black-plum and cassis aromas are helped out by a peppery spice accent. As per usual, this is a full-bodied but not over the top Carignan-Garnacha from one of the region's modern successes. Lush plum, wild berry and chocolate flavors finish savory and smoky not unlike beef jerky. Enjoy Idus through 2027."

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  • 88

    points

    James Suckling, James Suckling, August 2018

    "The super intense and ripe black-cherry character is almost too much and, on the palate, the wine is powerful and quite sweet. Plenty of soft tannins and good length, but a bit simple. Drink now or in 2019."

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  • 92

    Points

    Wine Spectator, March 2018

    ""Mountain herb and loamy earth notes frame the core of black cherry, espresso and mineral flavors in this focused red. The texture is plush yet fresh, with tangerine acidity and light, firm tannins. Carignan and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025.""

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  • 89

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    Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, December 2018

    "Berry scented candle and baking-spice aromas comprise an exotic nose. On the palate, this is as soft as a goose-feather mattress, with very little notable acidity or lift. Deeply ripe and baked black-fruit flavors taste of cassis and blueberry on a thick finish. Drink through 2020."

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2019 Idus de Vall Llach – Tasting Note

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2017 Idus de Vall Llach – Label

2017 Idus de Vall Llach – Tasting Note

2017 Idus de Vall Llach – Bottle

2016 Idus de Vall Llach – Bottle

2016 Idus de Vall Llach – Label

2016 Idus de Vall Llach – Tasting Notes

2015 Idus de Vall Llach – Tasting Notes

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