Porrera Vi de Vila de Vall Llach

Vi de Vila DOQ Priorat, 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.

Varietals: Carignan, Grenache
Alcohol Volume: 15.5%
Residual Sugar: 0.5 g/l

The magnificent century-old estate vineyards boast 60- to 90-year-old Cariñena and Garnache vines as well as newer plantings of Garnache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah that add complexity to Vall Llach’s range of widely acclaimed wines. Priorat’s notoriously stingy llicorella (fractured black slate) hillsides produce extremely low yields of intensely flavored grapes.

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.

Blend is 58% old-vine Cariñena & 42% old-vine Garnacha

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, unique old vineyard blocks, the Porrera Vi de Vila is an 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 

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.

Blend is 58% old-vine Cariñena & 42% old-vine Garnacha

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, unique old vineyard blocks, the Porrera Vi de Vila is an 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 

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.

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.

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 small 2,500 and 5,000 liter stainless steel tanks between 25-29 ºC over 17 days, with daily manual punch-downs and soft pump-overs.  Post-fermentative maceration lasted 12 days, followed by a gentle press.  Fifty percent of the wine then went through malolactic fermentation in tank and 50% in barrel during the winter and early Spring of 2015.  The finished wine was then aged in new 225 & 300L French oak barrels for 14 months, racked once and bottled in May of 2017. 

Blend is 77% old-vine Cariñena & 23% old-vine Garnacha

Acidity: 5.4 g/L

pH: 3.49

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, unique old vineyard blocks, the Porrera Vi de Vila is an 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 

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.

Albert Costa characterized the 2014 vintage as producing wines with “aromatic intensity, a soft entry into the mouth and with noble minerality.” The year began well, with the Porrera region receiving enough rain in spring to endure a hot and dry summer.  The Vall Llach team began harvest on September 11th, in line with previous years, beginning with the white grapes and ending with their oldest and highest-elevation red grape vines. The red varieties began verasion in “a very healthy fashion,” and while a week of solid rain fell between the harvest of the white and red varieties, thankfully another spell of cool, dry air hit Priorat in mid-October, allowing the Vall Llach team to harvest healthy old-vine Cariñena & Garnacha clusters during the last week of October. Considered to be “a very fresh year” that produced markedly lively red Priorat wines, the 2014 Porrera Vi de Vila may be enjoyed now and will age well in bottle.

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 small 2,500 and 5,000 liter stainless steel tanks between 25-29 ºC over 17 days, with daily manual punch-downs and soft pump-overs.  Post-fermentative maceration lasted 12 days, followed by a gentle press.  Fifty percent of the wine then went through malolactic fermentation in tank and 50% in barrel during the winter and early Spring of 2015.  The finished wine was then aged in new 225 & 300L French oak barrels for 14 months, racked once and bottled in May of 2016. 

Blend is 77% old-vine Cariñena & 23% old-vine Garnacha

Acidity: 5.4 g/L

pH: 3.49

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, unique old vineyard blocks, the Porrera Vi de Vila is an 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 & GarnachaCabacés - 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 

  • 89

    Points

    James Suckling, August 2018

    "Smoke and graphite notes as well as big black fruit here. On the palate, the generous fruit and supple tannins are well married, but the oak is a bit obvious on the finish. Drink now or hold."

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    Wine Spectator, 2018

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

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    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."

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  • 93

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    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."

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    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. "

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