2009 Bodegas Atalaya La Atalaya Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2009
Appellation: Almansa
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
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2012 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #54

"A very aromatic red, offering floral and spice overtones to the flavors of cassis, ripe cherry, damson plum and smoky mineral. Firm tannins structure this muscular red, but it's balanced, and should show more with time. Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell. Best from 2014 through 2019. 10,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 La Atalaya is 85% Garnacha Tintorera and 15% Monastrell that spent 12 months in French oak. It, too, sports a glass coated with glycerin as well as a super-fragrant nose of exotic spices, lavender, incense, and black raspberry. Succulent, layered, and totally pleasure-bent, this plush offering has a smooth-as-silk finish totally unexpected from a wine of this humble price. It is an amazing value in unrestrained hedonism.

Bodegas Atalaya was founded in 2007 by the Gil family of Jumilla. The prominent grape variety in Almansa is Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) along with Monastrell." (WA)

"(85% garnacha tintorera and 15% monastrell): Dark ruby. Smoky, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola and minerals'; smells a lot like a northern Rhone wine. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering nervy dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors and slow-building spiciness. Dusty tannins add grip to the long, incisive finish. This could easily pass for a syrah. (JR)" (IWC)