*8R* 2016 Vall Llach "Embruix" Red Blend (Priorat, SP)
Varietals: 26% Garnacha, 24% Merlot, 17% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cariñena
Region: Priorat, Spain
It's a paradox in the wine world that stressful growing conditions make the best grapes. Grapes that are grown in the lap of luxury (like lots of nutrient soil and ample water) are often too flabby and uninteresting. A little hardship builds grape character. Needless to say, the Vall Lach vines that makes up this tasty red blend have lots of character. They're grown on the steep slopes of the Priorat region, one of the best winemaking regions in Spain. The resulting grapes are tiny and dense, with richness and flavor that translate into a deeply nuanced and full-bodied wine. Fourteen months of French oak aging gives the wine additional nuances and richness. "Embruix" means bewitching in Catalan, and this wine bewitches us every time we try it.