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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 12 
ProducerCeller Vall Llach (web)
VarietyGrenache Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2023 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.4 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 40 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by DBrinkmann on 12/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Deep purple red color, beautiful nose of dark cherries, slate, smoke and licorice. Powerful taste, dark fruits, minerality, long finish. (768 views)
 Tasted by DBrinkmann on 11/6/2014 & rated 89 points: Deep purple color. Beautiful nose of red and black fruits, minerality and hints of smoke, bacon and oak.
Powerful tanins and acidity, lots of fruit (cherries, rum pot), slate. Medium+ finish.
Still very young, has lots of years ahead. (908 views)
 Tasted by ny_oinos on 11/3/2014 & rated 88 points: Nose of dense vanilla with plum, dark cherry, and hint of raisins. Palate similar with a dense layer of vanilla oak blanketing fairly ripe, dark fruit notes. Slightly soft on the acidity respective to the oak and fruit with barely perceptible tannins at this point.

In comparing to the 2011, this one felt much more oaked w/ heavy vanilla and less of the brighter fruit from the 2011. That said, this was riper and more concentrated, and probably more of a crowd-pleaser. The fruit did seem fatigued under the oak, so perhaps this was more in balance closer to release. This wine will probably burn out into pure secondary notes (tar, liquorice, etc) in a couple years. (941 views)
 Tasted by Racer117 on 6/13/2014 & rated 91 points: An exceptional bargain. The were loads of aromas and flavors; dark fruit, blueberry, tar, black pepper, plum. This also had prominent and beneficial acidity. A taste the following day after being stored under vacuum showed a loss in vibrancy. (1503 views)
 Tasted by cuffthis on 4/2/2014 & rated 90 points: Bright purple in color, this wine, a blend of 30% garnacha, 25% carinyena, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 15% syrah and 10% merlot showed blue fruits of black raspberry, blueberry as well as tar and currant. The mouth feel was rich with firm tannins, dried flowers, tobacco, white pepper and espresso. The finish was firm and longer in length with added elements of baking chocolate.

Purchased for $12.50US, this wine was an outstanding qpr. Clearly made in the New World Style with bold flavors and heavy oak influence. PnP, it was at its best the first hour it was open, as the fruit faded quickly and secondary tar and mineral elements came to the forefront, taking away from the sexy elements of the initial aromas. (1829 views)
 Tasted by quaffnov on 3/21/2014 & rated 84 points: Began on decant pour with a bouquet filled with mineral/rock odor followed by currant and cassis, very enticing. Tannic on first taste with a ton of structure and lot of bang on the very back of my palate, will add a note after a decent decant time has passed, is going to be interesting! After two hour decant the fruit aspect became very muted and was replaced by a tannic bite that was mentholated and leathery with a very muted hint of what it began with. My first experience with a straight up Priorat, not my cup of wine if this is what they lean towards in general. Could be possible this was compromised somehow........ (1280 views)
 Tasted by fdusonchet on 11/25/2013 & rated 96 points: Velour tendre et profond joli fruit sur le cerise et épice race et gourmand (1830 views)
 Tasted by Jedi Wine on 11/11/2013 & rated 92 points: Melted fruit and stone crushed wild flowers. Stone crushed fruit. Big tannins! Long slatey, graphite finish. Smouldering fruit, smoke, touch of tar. Its magma!.. Showing more and more fruit as it opens up. Melted fruit and graphite. Under $30! (1260 views)
 Tasted by Jedi Wine on 11/11/2013 & rated 94 points: Huge aging potential. Very structured, big fruit, mineral and tannins. Balanced acid with great length. Oldschool farmer wine. I think this will drink well through 2035. Talk about a cheap cellar addition. (1757 views)
 Tasted by Merengue on 10/26/2013 & rated 88 points: Well made wine, quite ripe dark red fruit which is very much upfront alongside tar and rubber notes finishing with some tannic grip. This improved with air with sweet ripe fruit notes taking center stage and some integrated oak replacing the tar notes. Tannins smoothed out. This is a huge wine, modern styled and i am hoping age gives this a bit more elegance. It is just full throttle. I am finding i like this style less and less. Will please many though. (1063 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 4/8/2013 & rated 87 points: Porty but clean nose, high octane but appealing, very brash and fruit forward, but in the brawny sense more than the fruit-bomb sense. (1934 views)
 Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 2/16/2013 & rated 88 points: This has really a great qpr. It exhibits much more priorat smell and taste rather than grenache, with caramel, herbs, coke and some really nice dips blue and blackberries. Of course it lacks a bit the depth of the older vines siblings but is nevertheless very pleasant! (1995 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 12/1/2012 & rated 89 points: Ripe, concentrated, red and blue fruits with a raisiny component. Vanilla and sweet mocha. Nice acidity considering the style, but overall lacking in structure. Drink up. (1813 views)
 Tasted by Chiantihound on 11/28/2012 & rated 90 points: As before but no green notes, Spice and Cherry. Good wine. (1968 views)
 Tasted by rgrosz6 on 10/25/2012 & rated 91 points: A wonderful nose with beautiful fruit flavors. It is nicely balanced, good body, and a nice aftertaste. Definite BUY for me.

Tasted three wines together - repeated over three days, and the Embruix was the clear favorite.
2009 Creta Roble - Ribera del Duero
2009 Bodega Renacer Enamore (Argentina)
http://www.cellartracker.com/new/wine.asp?iWine=1177307 (2073 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 9/23/2012 & rated 89 points: Deep crimson in color that is translucent, with medium viscosity and day bright reflections.
On the nose dark cherry, cassis, wild raspberry, mountain berries, plum, violets and vanilla bean aromas are framed by strong wood overtones and soft spice undertones.
On the palate jammy with currant, brambly raspberry and blackberry, vanilla and muscular oak flavors that also show spices and sage nuances. Not as dense, complex or dark as the '07. Muscular drying tannins and medium acidity. The finish is long with plenty of wood flavors.

Make no mistake this wine is full bodied all the way! (1754 views)
 Tasted by bubbachumps on 8/22/2012 & rated 90 points: Nose of rich cherry/raspberry. Nice backbone of acidity. Put together very nicely. (1940 views)
 Tasted by Chiantihound on 8/14/2012 & rated 89 points: Deep ruby and translucent. Medium nose of cherries and vanilla. Very small green veggie element. Same flavors linger in sweet palate. Nice balance with tannins a bit strong. Medium to short finish. Could be very nice in a couple of years. No complexity/layers at the moment. (1691 views)
 Tasted by ABWP on 7/5/2012 & rated 60 points: I was extremely disappointed in this vintage -- I had ordered the 2006 Vall Llach Priorat Embruix from an online store, but the company I purchased from substituted the 2008 because the 2006 was out of stock.

I had had the 2006 vintage before in a restaurant and it was very good -- soft mouth feel with nice oak. Unfortunately, the 2008 I had was nothing like the 2006. In comparison, it tasted almost raw -- like it hadn't aged enough in the bottle. Another user's review of the 2008 had specifically mentioned its oakiness, which is the only reason I didn't send the 2008 back -- overt oak is specifically what I look for in the red wines that I drink. The 2008 softened marginally about 15 minutes after first pouring, but did not have any oak.

The 2008 was very subpar -- I will not be buying this vintage of Vall Llach Priorat Embruix again.
The wine looks Crimson colored. The body is Medium. (1613 views)
 Tasted by Clrterhune on 5/17/2012 & rated 87 points: Nose: Heavy Oak, Plum, sweet red fruits but getting a lot of Oak. Young and lush, good mouthfeel still a lot of oak and sweet fruit, not a lot of tannins. No Heat medium finish. Nice bottle (1788 views)
 Tasted by crestfall on 4/13/2012 & rated 92 points: Beautiful, rather opaque cherry red color with youthful blue highlights in the rim. Almost massive nose with blackberries, earthiness, integrated oak aromatics and some toasty smoke. Very soft, smooth and complex on the palate with a lot of figs and ripe dark forest berries without any overt, overripe jamminess. Oak is very evident, yet it does not dominate, but brings more complex aromas of chocolate, smoke and vanilla to the mix. Mouthfeel is very full and tannins are abundant; however, the wine lacks a bit in the acid department. Juicy prunes, complex oak aromatics and astringent tannin bitterness in the finish, that appears slightly short and weak compared to the powerful midpalate.

Youthful, complex and robust modern Spanish powerhouse. I can imagine it can develop further during the next 5 years or so, but the wine is very enjoyable already now. Paired excellently with easter lamb meal. Good QPR at 28,80€. (481 views)
 Tasted by Sirmika on 4/3/2012 & rated 88 points: Wine followed after a Rioja and brunello.
In this row the wine was much to young. Tasted very Sweet, like Marmelade. (1908 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Enormously youthful and lush. Ripe black fruits, soft and creamy tannin and a lot of sweetness. Will improve and probably show more complexity with a few more years of ageing. Next try 2014. (2091 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/26/2011 & rated 90 points: Bought a few bottles because the wine is nice and you can drink it over the next 5+ years or so. But the wine is so nice in fact, that all bottles are already empty. Have to buy again. The TN was the same as the first one. Beside the tempting fruit juice, there is some good complexity as well. (2171 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/6/2011 flawed bottle: Extremely corked (2175 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, September/October 2012, IWC Issue #164
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Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.


About 100 kilometers from Barcelona, Priorat originated as a distinct recognized wine region in 1932, and was approved in 1954.

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