(From 2011 Vintage) “Embruix", or "bewitching" in Catalan, is made with 15-20 year old vines grown in rocky soil in this abundantly warm region. It is soft, plummy, and spicy with notes of dark chocolate, raspberry pie, earth and tar. It is rich and "manly" but very well-balanced.
(From 2009 Vintage) 2009 was a very good, interesting vintage. Immediately agreeable, but with a repertoire of powerful gustatory and olfactory refinements, this is a wine that satisfies both the connaisseur and the casual consumer.
93 points and a "Highly Recommended" from Wine Spectator: "Rich yet focused, this powerful red from Spain delivers plum, black cherry, anise, tobacco and sage flavors over muscular tannins. It's thick on the palate, yet dissolves to licorice, spice and flowers on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2020. 1,900 cases made." (June 15, 2008) 93 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Despite the fact that this wine comes from the youngest vines of Vall Llach, its intense, mineral character feels deep and round. The fruit is red and refreshing, the flavors filled with juicy ripe strawberry and violet aromas all the way through a long finish." (02/08) 92 points and "Vall Llach Embruix may be the winery’s base-level offering but it’s no starter wine. Five grapes led by Garnacha are blended to achieve a potent and piercing brew of blueberry aromas, black cherry and cassis flavors, and a rich, chocolaty finish. Modern in style, and making no apologies for it. Equal in quality to the excellent 2004 Embruix." (8/1/2008) 91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "Fifty percent of the wine was barrel fermented and all of it was aged for 16 months in seasoned French oak. Crimson-colored, the wine has an attractive nose of cedar, tobacco, pencil lead, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, plush, forward, and nearly seamless, it has lots of spicy dark fruits, silky tannin, excellent depth, and a pure finish. Drink this pleasurable wine over the next 6-8 years." (Feb. 2008)
2008-2014 WS 93