Formerly known as "Alaya", the name "Tierra" ("earth") refers to the exceptional limestone soil in which the old vines used to produce this wine are grown.
The vines, incidentally, are located at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level.
Moreover, the wine is a single varietal Garnacha Tintorera (a.k.a Alicante Bouschet) coming from old vines, which is also a very rare thing.
All things considered, the result is a unique, one-of-a-kind wine.
After a meticulous manual harvest, the grapes were macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Malolactic fermentation was carried out in new French and American oak barrels. Then Alaya Tierra 2015 was aged in those same containers for over a period of 15 months.
Drink now to 2025.
Decant no less than 1 hour before drinking.
Alaya Tierra has a high, dense, dark cherry-coloured robe with a purple rim.
This Spanish red wine by Bodegas Atalaya exhibits an impressive parade of aromas, featuring explosive notes of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, vanilla, cocoa, Mediterranean herbs, tobacco, withered leaves, chalk, mineral and wet earth.
This single varietal Garnacha Tintorera from Almansa is meaty and bold. Ripe fruit, toast, smoke and spices underpinned by some mineral and earthy notions. A deep sense of terroir, enlivened by a fresh acidity, some yummy tannins and long finish. This wine resolves the equation between boldness and freshness. It is dense, massive and meaty, but at the same time inexplicably spirited and alive. The finish, furthermore, is never-ending.
|Our personal opinion||
Alaya Tierra 2015 is quintessentially Mediterranean, exuberant, age-worthy and very well-priced. A wine unlike any other.
Alaya Tierra 2014:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 92.
Alaya Tierra 2013:
First vintage with the current name. Peñín 91.
Wine Spectator 92. Peñín 91.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||15|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Vegitables sauces|
|Taste||Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
When I thought I was broadening my wine knowledge and experience, I have in fact been narrowing it over the last 5 years!!!! Most of what's at the top of my list is rooted in the Chris Ringland/Juan Gil collaboration. There will be purists who will say....too fruit forward.....too jammy.... but for me this is near as good as it gets!!!!!
WOW!! This is really incredible. The darkest colour I've seen in a wine. It is incredibly concentrated and massive. The texture is chewey, but the best thing is, surprisingly, that the wine is amazingly profound and enjoyable. Super-complex and rich, I think it will grow in the bottle for the next 5 o 7 years.