The Priorat region was marked by heavy drought and heat. Following an autumn and winter with normal temperatures and rainfall, spring began with an abnormal drought and high temperatures. Flowering was successful, occurring before the expected date, but the rains didn’t come. During the summer the high temperatures continued, and the lack of rainfall resulted in the earliest harvest in history. In general, the wines of this vintage are noted for their concentration, being less pronounced in wines produced with local varieties such as Grenache or Cariñena. Perfect for enjoying young, and with a medium aging capacity.
Idus de Vall-Llach 2016 is a powerful, structured and mineral wine. A good vintage where the aromas of ripe black fruit stand out, with toasted notes over a very distinguished mineral base note. On the palate it is expressive, intense and with a very lingering finish.
The vintage began in autumn in the best possible way, with good rainfalls that would fill the water reserves for optimal growth development. Winter was characterised by low temperatures and even snow covered some areas of Priorat. March started wet and cold, which delayed the budding of the vines. In mid-May, flowering was encouraged and was followed by a somewhat unstable June with several rainfalls.
A year with a very good balance. This vintage was characterised by the absence of water stress for the plants. Winter and spring were favourable in terms of rainfall and temperatures were slightly higher than usual. At the time of budding, there was no rain, so the vines developed in a suitable manner. The flowering took place in a clean way and the Grenache vines settled in an excellent way. Summer was characterised by cool and dry days, but also humid, which led to good photosynthesis and growth of the plants. During the end of the summer, before the harvest, there was still some humidity, which preserved the freshness of the soil and, consequently, achieving a gradual ripening of the grapes, perfect to retain the aromas and the good acidity. The negative factor was the rain during the harvest days. In short, the vintage has been somewhat atypical for Priorat, with wines that are less voluminous than in a normal year in the area, but with a good acidity that is reflected in the wines and that will keep them optimal for many years.
A year that started with some problems with the flowering but ended up being very good. Winter was colder and rainier than usual. Spring continued with days of low temperatures and a lot of water that delayed flowering and the consequent setting problems until the end of March, affected production. After a complicated year, when the summer began, the rains stopped and the temperatures rose, providing excellent ripening due to optimal rainfall during the year. The year has therefore been one of the best in recent years. Fluidity, acidity and concentration augur for a long life of the wines of this vintage.
Intense cherry red colour with maroon edge and violet tones. High robe, very covered. Clean and bright. It shows an abundant and dense tear. Nose
It is recommended decanting this wine a long time before enjoying it in order to let it show all its aromatic nuances to the maximum. Complex and concentrated nose, aromas of red fruit that slowly becomes black, fleshy and juicy, together with floral nuances, pleasant toasted and smoked hints, aromatic herbs and mineral notes. Taste
It shows a powerful attack and a large mid-palate which fills the palate with fruity and spiced sensations. Great acidity, well present tannins. Long and persistent finish. Very mineral and fruity wine at retro-olfaction.
The tasting repport of this wine is being translated. Meanwhile, you can check the Spanish version. Taste
Intense cherry colour with garnet trims. Bright wine. Nose
Powerful, concentrated and expressive aromas. Many notes of red fruits with lots of balsamic nuances. Typical Priorat notes such as mineral and wood notes. It needs to open up before it shows the aromatic complexity of this wine from the winery Vall Llach. Taste
Wide attack, with a velvety mid palate full of ripe fruit and spices. Balsamic finishing touches. Fleshy, powerful and fresh wine. Ripe tannins. Long finish.
Dull cherry color. Nose
Aroma of character, complex, ripe fruit, candied fruit, spirits, chocolate, sweet spices. Taste
Tasty, powerful, fleshy, ripe fruit.