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2013 Vall Llach Spanish Red "Embruix"

Winery: Vall Llach

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Embruix"

Wine Category: Spanish Red

Grape blend: 26% Garnacha, 24% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Syrah & 16% Carinena

Region: Priorat

State or country: Spain

Price: $27

Cases produced: 1,124

KWG Score: 91.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: March 2, 2017

Wine Review: Although this might be the baby of the Vall Llach wines, it sure doesn't act like it. It took 2 hours of decanting for this wine to open up. Straight out of the bottle the Embruix was tight, with little to no fruit notes, plenty of graphite, and hints of cedar. As this wine opened up, the cedar and vanilla flavors become more prominent, along with boysenberry, cassis, graphite, steeped plums, hints of eucalyptus, and nutmeg. The finish is long with plenty of oak nuances for those that enjoy that profile. The acidity was made for food but didn't attack the palate like other European wines can. This continues to be one of the best values as the Embruix will mature for at least another 3+ years and still will be drinking well 5+ years from now. Would pair well with dry rubbed pork ribs or a smoked porterhouse. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: Immediately agreeable, but with a powerful repertoire of rich aromas, flavors and textures, this is a wine that satisfies both the connoisseur and casual consumer alike. With hints of sweet spice, ripe plums, fennel seed, dark chocolate and roasted nuts found both in the nose and on the palate, this may be consumed now or aged for up to 15-20 years.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Vall Llach 2013 Embruix.

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