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Vall Llach Embruix DOCa 2014 (Priorat, Spain) - [WS 90] [WE 90]
Vall Llach Embruix DOCa 2014 (Priorat, Spain) - [WS 90] [WE 90]


 
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Winery: Cellar Vall Llach
Varietal: 25% Merlot, 23% Garnacha, 21% Cariñena, 20% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Priorat, Catalonia, Spain
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: VALLLLACHEMBRUIX14-W

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Winemaking Notes:
In order to ensure optimum grape quality, all vineyard blocks and all varieties were manually harvested and vinified separately; over 90 separate micro-fermentations were performed. After de-stemming, alcoholic fermentation took place between 25-29 ºC in 2,500L and 5,000L stainless steel tanks over 15 days, with daily manual punch-downs. Post-fermentative maceration lasted 5 days, followed by a soft press at which time the wine went through malolactic fermentation in tank before being transferred to barrel. The resulting wine was then aged in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter second- and third-year French oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. The barrels were racked once during the total aging time of 14 months and the wine was then bottled in March of 2016.

Tasting Notes:
Dark cherry red in color with a garnet rim, this wine contains alluring aromas of ripe plums, freshly ground black pepper and clove. Intense and naturally concentrated for an entry-level wine, the 2014 Embruix de Vall Llach is lush and round on the mid-palate with notes of chocolate-covered cherries and soft black licorice on the finish.the finish.


Ratings & Reviews:

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This plush red delivers ripe, generous flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, lilac and vanilla, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Harmonious and lively. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases imported." -TM (Feb 2017)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Schist, cola, cassis, berry and tobacco aroma cover all the bases in this wine. It's grippy and chewy but complete. Dark, earthy mulled berry flavors precede a tannic, pulpy finish with lasting plum and cassis notes. Drink through 2021." - MS (Aug 2017)

89 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2014 Embruix is a blend of 42% Garnacha, 24% Cariñena, 22% Merlot and 12% Syrah from their younger vines (20 to 25 years old) from different vineyards. The destemmed grapes fermented in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts. The élevage was done separately, with the Garnacha in clay amphorae and 1,500-liter foudre and the rest in 225- and 500-liter new barrels. The wine is smoky and ripe, with notes reminiscent of Syrah, and on the palate, the effect of the élevage in oak was a lot more noticeable. It had the ripe, concentrated and generously oaked house style, with a lactic touch." - Luis Gutierrez (Apr 2018)

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