Cecilio is based in Gratallops, in the heart of Priorat. They are a
family business that has been dedicated to the wine production since
1942 when the firm was first founded by Cecilio Vicent, the father of
the present owner, August Vicent. Their vineyards, which are planted
on terraces of steep slopes typical from this area, total of 8 hectares,
of which 3 hectares are Garnacha, 3 hectares Cabernet Sauvignon and
2 hectares Carinena. The soils are mainly stony “pizarra”
or “llicorella”, providing limited but concentrated production
of high quality grapes, creating the unique personality and character
of the exclusive wine made in this DOQ— Priorat.
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Best Buy! - Wine and Spirits Magazine score: 91 points (February 2010
"Shy at first, this takes time to reveal notes of leather and tart
cherries. The flavors carry through the finish, backed by tannin and
seemingly purified by clean acidity. It's a meaty blend of garnacha,
carinena, and cabernet, suit to braised oxtail.
The wine shows a garnet color, with faint brown edges with an initial
aromatic impression of spearmint, menthol and balsamic notes mixed with
notes of hazelnuts, cloves, orange peel. As the wine opens up it offers
strong minerality, notes of vanilla, mature oak, all of this together
with a very deep balsamic quality. On the palate the wine is fresh and
clean with a delicate chocolate/coconut flavor profile mixed with notes
of smoke, gunpowder, wild herbs, and a much layered wine with lots of
Made from a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Carinena, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
All fermented separately in stainless steel tanks that is temperature
controlled to capture the primary aromas and freshness of the fruit.
Using only native yeast, 25 days of maceration on the skins, malolactic
fermentation and then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels a mix
of 1/2/3 year old barrels. Offers a dark cherry color with an intense
aroma of spice, pepper, with a delicate touch of toasted oak and rich
balsamic overtones. This is a very flavorsome wine with strong yet well
structured tannins, and the ever present minerality—llicorella.
Densely packed aromas that open up slowly showing notes of wild forest
berries, smoky mineral character, graphite, dried figs, faint balsamic
notes, pepper while on the palate it has a rich feel and weight, offering
power and a good backbone of structure. The richness of the vintage
is there, yet all the parts are well balanced. Finishing with lingering
dark and blackberries together with wild herbs and pepper. The 2003
L'Espill is a single vineyard selection of 60% Garnacha, 30% Carinena,
and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vines 30 to 60 years of age.
eParker score: 91 points (# 183 June 2009)
“The 2004 L’Espill is a single vineyard selection of 60%
Garnacha, 30% Carinena, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vines
over 50 years of age. Purple-colored, it offers up an outstanding perfume
of toasty oak, pencil lead, lavender, black cherry, and blueberry. On
the palate, balsamic notes, pepper, and dark fruit flavors emerge followed
by a structured wine that demands 5-7 years of cellaring. It will offer
a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2025.