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2000 Vall Llach

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

96+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

...gorgeous bouquet of crushed black raspberries intermixed with powdered stones, white flowers, blackberries, and licorice...a wine of great purity and presence with a full-bodied, concentrated, layered mouthfeel.

95Wine Enthusiast

... It’s downright purple, with a powerful, classy, dense nose that exudes pine, lemon peel and loads of blackberry and plum. The flavor profile is a splendid mix of boysenberry, cherry, fennel and black pepper...

93Stephen Tanzer

Superripe aromas of black raspberry, dark plum and musky espresso. Thick, sweet, chewy and dense; quite powerful but also suave and seamless. Considerably deeper than the Embruix. Finishes with explosive length and noteworthy verve...

90Wine Spectator

Like a fruit spread, with blueberry and blackberry flavors that are thick and sweet. Vanilla accents swirl though the mouthcoating tannins. Big and bold.

REGION

Spain, Cataluna, Priorato

Priorat in southern Catalonia is one of Spain’s newer regions for quality wines. With only about 2,500 vineyard acres, it is not one of Spain’s larger appellations, and its rocky mountains and hillsides make for challenging vineyard management. But grapes have been grown here in the rich, volcanic soil since at least the Middle Ages, when Carthusian monks planted vineyards. Bulk wines were the main focus here until the late 1970s, when pioneering Spanish winemakers Alvaro Palacios and René Barbier replanted vineyards and vastly improved winemaking in the region. Clos Mogador, Clos Erasmus and Finca Dofi were some of the now much-admired wineries started in the later decades of the 20th century. By the 1990s many innovative, quality-focused wineries were started in Priorat, making it one of the hottest winemaking regions in Spain. Priorat was made a DO in 1954 but upgraded to the prestigious Demoninación de Origen Calificada, or DOCa, in 2000. (In Catalan, the regional language, the appellation abbreviation is DOQ.) Full-flavored, full-bodied wines with relatively high alcohol content are characteristic of Priorat, with Garnacha (Grenache) and Carinena (Carignan) being the traditional grapes.

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