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Porrera de Vi de Vila de Vall Llach Priorat 2012

ID No: 444860
Country:Spain
Region:Priorat
Winery:Cellar Vall Llach
Grape Type:Carignan
Vintage:2012
Bottle Size:750 ml
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WINEMAKING AND AGING:
Manual harvest early October with selection of the best bunches.
Drying: natural drying in fruit cellar for 3/4 months with a sharp drop in weight of around 30%.
Vinification: soft crushing of destemmed grapes in the months of January and February.
Fermentation: at a controlled temperature of 18/21°C. Fermentation time: about 30 days
Aging:· 80% in oak barrels for 30 months of which 2/3 in American and French barriques, half of which are used for the second and third time, 1/3 in large


THE TERRITORY:
Geographical location: Tenuta di Mezzane, Tenuta di Cazzano di Tramigna
Height: 350/400 meters asl
Exposure: south
Soil type: limestone
Vineyard training system: guyot and pergola
Vine planting year: from 1972 to 2009
Vine density: 4,000 to 5,400 vines per hectare Vineyard management: sustainable agriculture and great attention to natural
cycles


Pairs well with grilled and roasted meats, as well as cheese.


Timeless Notes:


Rich in color, firmly structured but with fresh notes. Complex with depth and elegance on the palate,. Balanced notes of currant and wild berries that blend well with the complexity of the wine. Touches of tobacco and leather notes merge with ripe fruit flavors that linger on long strain tannin. This one is drinking now, but can handle more time in the cellar with ease.





Delas Freres Cote Rotie La Landonne Rouge 2016

Delas Freres Cote Rotie La Landonne Rouge is made from 100 percent Syrah.

This very ancient region dates back to the Roman Era and is located on the right bank of the Rhône. It is said that during the Middle Ages, “The Seigneur de Maugiron” gave a hillside to each of his two daughters - one was brunette and the other fair - thus, were born the names of “Côte Brune” and “Côte Blonde.” Wines from the Côte Blonde tend to be more delicate and lighter in character than the fuller wines of the Côte Brune. Together, they make a wine of style and substance. This cuvée is a vineyard plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from a plot within the named slope of “La Landonne.”

This cuvée‘s first vintage was 1997. The wine is only made in the very best years. Its highly limited production never exceeds 2,500 bottles per year.


The steep, terraced hillsides along the river produce wines that are among the "biggest" reds of France. The Delas Côte-Rôtie is primarily Syrah with an addition of up to 10 to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop. The soils of the northern part of the Côte Brune vineyard consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel). The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation. The area has dry, hot summers with regular rainfalls during other seasons. The grapes for the “La Landonne” cuvée are picked by hand at maximum maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional open-topped concrete tanks, following three days of pre-fermentation cold maceration. Before fermentation, the maceration process continues under controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F. Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days with total vatting time of up to 20 days. The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in new or one year old oak casks. The barrels are topped up regularly.
Food Pairing: This wine pairs wonderfully with fine meats, roasted beef, water games, truffles and spicy stews. The bottle should be opened 1 to 3 hours before drinking. This wine needs at least 3 years cellaring before it can open up its complexity. In such case it is strongly recommended to decant before serving.

Tasting Notes: The wine‘s deep color is underscored by plummy hues. A complex nose shows deep, fruity aromas with hints of licorice and roasted coffee. Endowed with a dense and silky tannic structure, this is a full, fleshy wine that provides an ample and generous palate. Its lasting finish speaks of considerable ageing potential.




Reviews:

Deep in color, the espresso, licorice, smoke and flint, paired with layers of juicy, ripe fresh, red fruits show up with ease. On the palate, the wine offers richness, density, purity of fruit, herbs, crushed stones and a wall of ripe, lushly textured, dark red berries. This will age quite nicely.The Wine Cellar Insider 97 Points

Sun-baked garrigue and smoky notes of iron and earth accent intensely ripe black cherry and cassis in this wine. Made from 100% Syrah, it's a hulking powerhouse of black-fruit flavors but finessed by firm acidity and fine, integrated tannins. Stunning already it should improve through 2036 and hold further -Wine Enthusiast 97 Points


Bright purple. Powerful cherry, cassis, potpourri, exotic spice and olive qualities on the highly perfumed, complex nose. Sweet and energetic on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black and blue fruit preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that unfold steadily with aeration. In a powerful but energetic style and quite primary now. Aeration brings up smoky bacon and floral pastille qualities that carry through the strikingly long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind sweet dark and floral notes. -Vinous 95 Points

Alluring, with warm fruitcake and black tea aromatics leading off for a lush and warm core of crushed plum, cherry reduction and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors. Despite the showy fruit detail, there's a solid iron underpinning, with pretty floral notes and bright energy throughout. Best from 2023 through 2038. 300 cases made, 188 cases imported.  -Wine Spectator 96 Points

Overview

This very ancient region dates back to the Roman Era and is located on the right bank of the Rhône. It is said that during the Middle Ages, “The Seigneur de Maugiron” gave a hillside to each of his two daughters - one was brunette and the other fair - thus, were born the names of “Côte Brune” and “Côte Blonde.” Wines from the Côte Blonde tend to be more delicate and lighter in character than the fuller wines of the Côte Brune. Together, they make a wine of style and substance. This cuvée is a vineyard plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from a plot within the named slope of “La Landonne.”

This cuvée‘s first vintage was 1997. The wine is only made in the very best years. Its highly limited production never exceeds 2,500 bottles per year.


Winemaking

The steep, terraced hillsides along the river produce wines that are among the "biggest" reds of France. The Delas Côte-Rôtie is primarily Syrah with an addition of up to 10 to 20% of Viognier grapes in the crop. The soils of the northern part of the Côte Brune vineyard consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel). The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern side of the appellation. The area has dry, hot summers with regular rainfalls during other seasons. The grapes for the “La Landonne” cuvée are picked by hand at maximum maturity. Fermentation takes place in traditional open-topped concrete tanks, following three days of pre-fermentation cold maceration. Before fermentation, the maceration process continues under controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F. Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days with total vatting time of up to 20 days. The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in new or one year old oak casks. The barrels are topped up regularly.


Tasting Notes

The wine‘s deep color is underscored by plummy hues. A complex nose shows deep, fruity aromas with hints of licorice and roasted coffee. Endowed with a dense and silky tannic structure, this is a full, fleshy wine that provides an ample and generous palate. Its lasting finish speaks of considerable ageing potential.


Food Pairing

This wine pairs wonderfully with fine meats, roasted beef, water games, truffles and spicy stews. The bottle should be opened 1 to 3 hours before drinking. This wine needs at least 3 years cellaring before it can open up its complexity. In such case it is strongly recommended to decant before serving.

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 95 Wine Enthusiast: 97 Wine Spectator: 96 97 Points
Product Description

Porrera’s great Carignan grapes are famous in the auspicious circles of world wine connoisseurs.

Celler Vall Llach is privileged to possess vineyards which grow extraordinary Carignan grapes and which have allowed the winery to release this new Vi de Vila de Porrera (new category of wine within the DOCa. Priorat which is based on the concept of village-level wines), as the winery’s true jewel.

Ancient Carignan vines, carefully selected from vineyards which are over a hundred years old and then blended with an average of 15% Grenache grapes.

These vines are from a different era and truly define the personality of our Porrera de Vall LLach.

The 2012 vintage was good in the cooler zones as the lack of rain and successive heat waves led to some grapes turning to raisin in the sunnier vineyards. Rainfall was well below the average levels of the previous years. This vintage can be characterised by a lack of rain, but most particularly by the successive heat waves which occurred from the month of May until the end of August. These heat waves caused the vines water stress as there was practically no rainfall from the middle of spring until the end of the summer. The effects of this were not apparent in the hotter zones and the vineyards with more sun exposure until the end of a spell of extreme temperatures in August.

This was due to the fact that relative humidity was higher than normal and the windy periods tended to be less intense. It rained in March and April and after that, rainfall tended to be insignificant until the beginning of July when it did not rain at all until the end of September. In terms of average temperatures during 2012, they tended to be normal. Regarding the different grape varieties, it is worth pointing out that Garnatxa (Grenache) and Carinyena (Carignan) better withstood water stress, whilst recently introduced varieties tended to turn more readily to raisin. This ability to better withstand drought was more visible in the older vineyards. Over the spring and summer months, the scarce rainfall meant that grapes were very healthy and there were no problems with botrytis.

The grapes ripened healthily in the lead up to harvest. Up until the end of August, we did not observe any water stress and berry development and ripening continued without problems. This was a dry vintage from the flowering phase right up until the ripening phase and was characterised by a significant gap between levels of alcohol and phenolic


Review:

Ripe, lush and a touch raisiny on the nose, this smells like boysenberry pie and crème de cassis liqueur. Chewy, tannic and a bit heavy in this youthful state, this offering from vineyards in the town of Porrera (Vall Llach's home) delivers blackberry, cassis and prune flavors along with a toasty, chocolaty, oak-heavy finish. Best from 2016 through 2021. - Wine Enthusiast 93 Points

Winery: Cellar Vall Llach

Focussing on quality over quantity, Celler Vall Llach has firmly embraced a small-is beautiful ethos of microproduction for its vineyards and "trossos".

Consistent with this philosophy, the celler has imposed a ceiling on production and growth in order never to lose the personal and thorough supervision exerted over each stage of the process of wine making.

All this, and the unique character of Priorat allow us to offer you wines that Vall Llach hopes you will find fascinating and exclusive

To the East of Priorat (Southern Catalunya), few kilometers from Coll Teixeta, we find Porrera, a historical Priorat municipality where Celler Vall Llach was created.

The township takes up 28,54 km² and spreads along the valley of the Cortiella River, which flows across the territory from East to West and finally runs into the Siurana River. The northern and western sectors are limited for La Serra del Molló. Practically the whole territory is covered with vineyards.
After the depopulation of La Garrantxa, Porrera is the only populated centre in the municipality.

You can arrive from Falset by T-740; from Reus by first taking N-420 (to Coll Teixeta) and later by TP-7041; from Cornudella de Montsant by taking C-242 (until Venta d'en Pubill) and then by TP-7402 to Porrera.

Porrera is a farming town but only a 40% of the land is cultivated. The rest are waste lands covered with brushwood and forests. The chief crops are vine, almond and hazelnut trees. There are some unused beads of lead and baryta and also some fountains of ferrous water.
The farming co-operative was founded in 1932.


Along the centuries Porrera earned itself the reputatio of 'the most rebellious city in Catalunya' but, History has also proved that the village has always fought for liberty.
Despite the continuous wars and fights that destroyed the village, Porrera has built and rebuilt its buildings and kept its noble and proud appearance. The sumptuous buildings, the wide streets and the rivers evoke its glorious past.


The most remarkable building in the Neoclassical parish church of Sant Joan Evangelista built between 1763 and 1711.
Visitors should not miss the hermitage of Sant Antoni Abad built in 1610 on top of a craggy hill, and also the route along the sundials spread all over the village.

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"Full-bodied and rich, this is a traditional style of Barossa Shiraz, aged in American oak hogsheads. Faint menthol or dill notes and plenty of vanilla frame plum and mulberry fruit, while hints of green peppercorn and maple syrup add interest to the long finish. Drink now–2030. - Joe Czewinski" - Wine Enthusiast (April 2017), 93 pts

 

2012 Vintage:

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 Wine Enthusiast: 93
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