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Atalaya La Atalaya 2009

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  • WS 90
  • ST 90
  • RP 90
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Winemaker Notes

#54 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Deep red cherry in color. There is an elegant, fresh and complex nose that highlights ripe fruit and floral notes. Nice and fresh on the palate, well-balanced with sweet but still young tannins, a delicious mouthful sensation that lingers on the very long and smooth finish.

Critical Acclaim

WS 90
Wine Spectator

A very aromatic red, offering floral and spice overtones to the flavors of cassis, ripe cherry, damson plum and smoky mineral. Firm tannins structure this muscular red, but it's balanced, and should show more with time. Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell. Best from 2014 through 2019.

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

Dark ruby. Smoky, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola and minerals'; smells a lot like a northern Rhone wine. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering nervy dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors and slow-building spiciness. Dusty tannins add grip to the long, incisive finish. This could easily pass for a syrah.

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RP 90
The Wine Advocate

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.


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The winery was founded in 2003, but the family has 3 generations in vine cultivation. The main building is in the midst of vineyards, so the quality of the grapes remain intact in its short trip from vine to press.

This winery has 25 hectares of vineyards, which use the trellis system and drip-irrigation. The bodega cultivates Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,Monastrell and produces about 50,000 bottles a year. It has 100 oak barrels, 80 American oak... View More