2008 Celler Vall Llach Priorat Embruix

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Community Tasting Notes (26) Avg Score: 88.4 points

  • Deep purple red color, beautiful nose of dark cherries, slate, smoke and licorice. Powerful taste, dark fruits, minerality, long finish.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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........

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  • Velour tendre et profond joli fruit sur le cerise et épice race et gourmand

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • Porty but clean nose, high octane but appealing, very brash and fruit forward, but in the brawny sense more than the fruit-bomb sense.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • As before but no green notes, Spice and Cherry. Good wine.

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  • 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.
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  • 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!

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  • Nose of rich cherry/raspberry. Nice backbone of acidity. Put together very nicely.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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€.

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  • Wine followed after a Rioja and brunello.
    In this row the wine was much to young. Tasted very Sweet, like Marmelade.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Extremely corked

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  • Full bodied and young and primary, but so accessible. Ripe black forest fruits, some spices and silky soft tannin. Even though there is 15% alcohol, the bottle is empty before you know.

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