Vall Llach Idus 2005

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Vall Llach Idus 2005

SKU 3116


This is an elegant and modern wine which surprises with the mineral tones provided by the Cariñena vines, balanced and structured by the inclusion of other varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon... The skilled use of these varieties confers on the wine a profound complexity of aroma and flavor which is both persistent and soft on the palate.
Category Red Wine
Region Spain, Catalonia, Priorato
Brand Vall Llach
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Idus is composed of 42% Carinena, 20% Merlot, 15% Garnacha, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah and spent 16 months in seasoned French oak. Dark garnet-colored, it offers up a complex perfume of wood smoke, tobacco, mineral, wild blueberry, black cherry, and black currant. This leads to a full-bodied, opulent, full-flavored wine with lots of extraction, sweet, ripe fruit, well-concealed tannins, and at least 6-8 years of aging potential. This lengthy, gratifying effort should drink well through 2030.

Jay Miller, February 2008
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Wine EnthusiastAll three Vall Llach wines are stellar in 2005 and get Editors' Choice status. Idus is a big load that starts out sharp and toasty and then quickly settles into a saturated groove of black fruit, licorice, coffee and mocha. It's dark, deep and ripe, with slight mineral underpinnings. Carignan is the lead grape, with Merlot, Garnacha, Cabernet and Syrah filling out the blend.

Michael Schachner, August 1, 2008
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Wine SpectatorThis supple red shows cherry, plum, tobacco and light earth flavors, with firm tannins and a smoky finish. A bit light, but balanced. Drink now through 2013.

Thomas Matthews, June 15, 2008