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Alaya Tierra 2016

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Alaya Tierra 2016


  • Vintage. 15 Months in French and American oak barrels
  • Bottle size:
  • 75 cl
  • Percentage of Alcohol:
  • 16


Enterwine Score 95
Media rating 95
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Produced by the Gil Family through its brand Bodegas Atalaya, Alaya Tierra is a wine born in the southern Spanish region of Almansa.

Formerly known as "Alaya", the name "Tierra" ("earth") refers to the exceptional limestone soil in which the old vines used to produce this Spanish red wine wine are grown. Those 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 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 2016 was aged in those same containers for over a period of 15 months.

Drink this Crianza red wine from now to 2025.

Decant no less than 1 hour before drinking.

Additional Information


The wine 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 rare 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

Quintessentially Mediterranean, Alaya Tierra 2016 is exuberant, age-worthy and very well-priced.


Alaya Tierra 2015:

Enterwine 94. Peñín 92.

Alaya Tierra 2014:

Enterwine 94. Peñín 92.

Alaya Tierra 2013:

First vintage with the current name. Peñín 91.

 Alaya 2012:

Wine Spectator 92. Peñín 91.

Year 2016
Type Red
D.O. Almansa
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 15-17ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? No
Organic No
Is this product free of sulfites? No
Ageing Vintage
Type of ageing Months in French and American oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 15
Parker Score No
Peñin Score No
Our Score 95
Media rating 95
Other guides No
Name of Award No
Mono-Varietal Grenache Tintorera
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
  1. Pure Bliss! review by LoPagan on 10/12/2017

    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!!!!!

  2. WOW review by WOWOWOW on 9/30/2017

    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.

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