Atalaya del Camino 2014, of the Bodegas Atalaya winery, is the second vintage of the wine previously known as Atalaya.
This Spanish red wine is made from a blend of 85% Garnacha Tintorera (a.k.a Alicante Bouschet) and 15% Monastrell (a.k.a Mourvèdre), two bold grapes that produce wines with a great acidity, impressive structure and substantial ageing potential.
Belonging to the Almansa DO, the grapes come from low-yielding vines with an average age of 45 years located at an altitude between 700 and 1000 metres above sea level. Soils are composed of sand and limestone. Climate is rigorously continental.
The grapes were carefully selected and separately vinified. After that, the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
Decant the Atalaya wine at least 30 minutes before drinking.
Drink now until 2023.
Intense, dark, high cherry-coloured robe with a ruby rim and some violet tinges.
Suggestive aromas of juicy black fruit and red fruit, alongside creamy notions of spices, vanilla, toffee and moka over a fresh, balsamic background.
Powerful, meaty and lush, displaying exuberant notes of red and black fruit nuanced by delicate remembrances of menthol, dry earth, violets, chocolate withered herbs and spices. Well-balanced, with a lively acidity, ripe tannins and a very long, fruity finish.
|Our personal opinion||
La Atalaya del Camino 2014 is an almost unbeatable value from Almansa. Complex, savoury and age-worthy.
La Atalaya del Camino 2013:
La Atalaya 2012:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes 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||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||"Garnacha Tintorera":"85" "Monastrell":"15"|
|Pairings||bluefish, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Mushrooms, Red meat with gravy, Rice with meat, Risotto, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|