Bodegas Atalaya – Almansa Spain
Almansa D.O. (Denominacion de Origen) is the most eastern of the wine regions contained within the Castilla-La Mancha autonomous community of Spain. It is geographically closer to the Levante areas of Comunidad Valenciana and Murcia, with Jumilla and Yecla located in the south of the region and Valencia in the east. Almansa was awarded D.O. status in 1966.
The dry, hot and arid conditions of the vast central Iberian plateau also prevail in Almansa, although here these are mitigated by its proximity to the Mediterranean coast. Even so, the climate is still strongly continental, with high temperatures throughout the growing season. The soils are generally poor and stony, with a healthy lime component.
Overall, these conditions favor the production of red wine, with the dominant grape variety in Almansa being the regional specialty Monastrell (France’s Mourvedre). Garnacha Tintorera is also widely grown, producing deep-colored wines with plenty of dark fruit characters. Other important varieties include Cencibel (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Wine Advocate 90 Points The 2009 La Atalaya is 85% Garnacha Tintorera and 15% Monastrell that spent 12 months in French oak. It, too, sports a glass coated with glycerin as well as a super-fragrant nose of exotic spices, lavender, incense, and black raspberry. Succulent, layered, and totally pleasure-bent, this plush offering has a smooth-as-silk finish totally unexpected from a wine of this humble price. It is an amazing value in unrestrained hedonism.
Bottle Price $15.99*
Case Price (15% Off) $163.10*
Six Bottle Price (10% Off) $86.35*