Atalaya Laya 2012


When I’m on a tighter budget than usual, I tend to head straight to the Spanish section in the wine shop. Reliably there is always a selection of under $10 bottles that drink as though they cost much more, and whilst they are generally simple with a table wine type of perspective, they are great values. Atalaya winery is located in Almansa, between Valencia, Alicante and Murcia and is a project within the Gil Family Estates group. The vineyards are primarily planted with Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera [Alicante] and are located 800 meters above sea level.

Dark garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and toasted oak. Harmonising flavours of black cherry, vanilla and cigar box spice abounded in the medium body, whilst crushed black peppercorn, licorice and dark chocolate rounded out the moderate finish. Straightforward with easy drinking, plush sips, this is a fantastic value that enjoys a spicy or dense meal.

70% Garnacha Tintorera, 30% Monastrell
Almansa
Spain
Bottled by Bodegas Atalaya
14.5% Alcohol
$9
Enjoy now thru 2016

Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate

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