These 2006 Idus de Vall Llach, D.O.Q. Priorat, Spain comes from vines that grow on rocky slopes, high above sea level. The impressive angles and terrain mean that no mechanical devices can be used… which means some guy’s out there, walking diagonal over the rocks all day, pulling grapes off tiny bonsai-gnarled vines. Probably in shoes made entirely of thorns. While also wearing poison ivy underwear. Apparently just how they roll in Barcelona.
I’ve gone through a lot of phases in my life. Nail polish, shoes, lip gloss, perfume, jewelry…
My most recent phase is a wine phase. I have really found a love for a great red wine, so when Nick first introduced me to woot!, I was excited to discover they had a wine.woot! If you don’t know what woot! is, then click on the links I just painstakingly entered, because time is money, and money means more wine.woot!, and it should be clear where my priorities currently reside.
Now, when Nick shops on woot! he buys things like vacuums, laptops (technically I purchased the laptop), flash drives (okay, I guess I bought one of those too), and coolers. Me? I purchase booze.
My first purchase off wine.woot! just happened to occur the first time I visited the site. I’m usually intimidated when it comes to purchasing wine because 1) I know absolutely nothing about wine, grapes, vineyards, tannins, textures, or anything else like that; and B) I’m super picky about red wine, and every time I try to explain to people what I like, they try to feed me some line about how it’s not the nature of red wine or some bullshit like that. For me, I like to have a sweet wine that isn’t so dry it makes the inside of my mouth shrivel and something not so strong as to have me reaching for a glass of water to erase the flavor.
The down side is, somebody’s going home exhausted and in tears. The plus side is that you’re getting wine with the human touch.
Although I didn’t understand the technical details in the write-up of 2006 Idus de Vall Llach, I did get the woot! humor, and that’s what sold me on these two bottles. Or maybe it was the the desire to click the “I want one!” button for the first time. I guess we’ll never have the answer.
Ruby red with mineral tones, aromas of black licorice, marzipan, nutmeg and allspice, and flavors of figs, molasses, caramel and a rich fruit compote.
Turns out I was wrong. This may just be one of the best wines I’ve ever tasted! So here it is, my practically professional quality review of this 40% Cariñena, 20% Merlot, 15% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah wine:
It’s kind of on the tart side, but it doesn’t make my mouth feel like a desert. It’s really tasty.
I have two bottles, and I have to make them last. At least until until my next shipment comes. :D