The impressive Atteca Armas aims to convey the utmost expression of the harsh, rugged terroir of the northern Spanish region of Calatayud.
A single varietal Grenache, this Spanish red wine is made from vineyards located between 750 and 1000 metres. They are very old vines, most over 100 years of age.
Soils are composed of slate, a feature that brings a distinctive complexity to this Grenache from Aragón.
Moreover, the plants have managed to withstand an unmerciful climate, with extremely cold winters and excruciatingly hot summers.
Produced by Bodega Ateca, this red wine from Calatayud was vinified with the utmost care.
After alcoholic fermentation, Atteca Armas 2016 was transferred into new French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 18 months.
We suggest that you store this wine for some time. Properly stored, will improve in the bottle for 8-10 years.
However, if you prefer to enjoy it right now - an understandable decision indeed - we suggest that you decant it for a minimum of 3 hours before you drink it.
The wine Atteca Armas has very high, dark, abyssal, almost black-coloured robe with a violet rim.
Immensely deep and complex, this Grenache carries a panoply of red and black fruit, underpinned by profound, ever-changing mineral notes, nuances of garrigue and aromatic herbs, some spicy notions, and remembrances of flowers, black truffles, lavender, liquorice and cocoa.
Tight and complex, with a fabulous room for growth. This red wine by Bodegas Ateca has a glorious richness and a remarkable sense of terroir. The purest suggestions of red fruit, enlivened by all sorts of mineral, balsamic, earthy, smokey and floral remembrances. Crisp acidity, mighty tannins and extremely long finish. That being said, one must bear in mind that the wine is only in its chilhood.
|Our personal opinion||
Opulent and age-worthy, Atteca Armas 2016 is an ode to Grenache and an homage to a tough terroir that creates extraordinary wines.
Atteca Armas 2015:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 94.
Atteca Armas 2014:
Peñín 94. Enterwine 94.
Atteca Armas 2011:
Peñín 93, Wine Spectator 91.
Atteca Armas 2010:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Four hours 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 oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Bull meat, Civet, Cured cheeses, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
A blast of a wine! Incredibly deep and concentrated.
Imposingly deep, shattering and earthy. Needs a good 3 hours in the carafe. Then it calms down and another conversation starts.
Right now it is so intense it is almost frightening. Truly a red wine on steroids. Spine-tingling. I will store my two remaining bottles for some years.