The weight and heft on the palate reflects both the old bush vines in this 70/30 Garnacha Tintorera/Monastrell, and the intense heat of Almansa. Fortunately, the altitude of the vineyards (700-1000 m) and calcareous soils have laced this concentrated wine with freshness. Brooding cassis, black plum, dark florals and black liquorice are etched with scrubby resinous herbs, thorns, espresso and medicinal blackberry, all bolstered by thick and sticky tannins. This packs weight and complexity far past its price point. Bodegas Atalaya was founded in 2007 by the Gil Family of Jumilla.
Medium ruby. Expressive nose of ripe red fruits, oaky notes. Seductive, very smooth, almost silky texture and a great ripe fruity taste. Reminding of a new-world Pinot Noir, it is actually made of Mencia, a Spanish grape on the rise.
Clear medium-deep garnet. Forward nose of blueberry jam, seared meat, caramel, a hint of varnish. On the palate there are ripe but tart, fresh-tasting mashed berries with earthy herbal notes. In the tradition of wine from this region, it has plenty of alcohol. Drink now, won’t get better.
This is old bush vine Garnacha at altitude, from the mountains of Moncayo, in Aragon and northern Navarre. Winemaker Raúl Acha seeks out vineyards around Spain that best reflect the true essence of Garnacha. Medium-bodied and succulent, with raspberry, forest berries, earthy tobacco on a generous strawberry-jam core. Fine spicing and very grippy black pepper on the warm finish. This spent 5 months in oak.
This Tempranillo-based red is deep purple in colour, holding well for a 12-year-old wine. Cedary-sandalwood notes of oak mingle with strawberries and pencil-lead notes on the nose. Medium-bodied and dry, it’s beautifully balanced with lively acidity and a firm structure.
2004 was a superb vintage, and this has translated to a medium- to full-bodied wine with dried fruit, leather, tomato concentrate, cedar, mint and game qualities. Excellent length with sound tannins, still. Pair with lamb chops.