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2007 Bodegas Atalaya La Atalaya Almansa
3.6 average rating 38 ratingsrate it
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 88
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 91
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2007 Bodegas Atalaya La Atalaya Almansa

Producer: Bodegas Atalaya
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: other red varietal
Origin: Spain
Region: Other Spain

Expert Reviews

90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2008

($16; a blend based on monastrell and garnacha tintorera) Inky purple. Spicy dark berries and cherry on the nose, with strong black cardamom and cumin qualities. Candied blackberry and rose flavors are gently firmed by soft tannins and pick up a peppery note with air. Suave and immediately accessible, with very good finishing sweetness and cling. This is a first release from a winery jointly owned by the Gil family of Jumilla and importer Jorge Ordonez. (Fine Estates from Spain, Dedham, MA)

88 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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nice release
01/04/2010
by Manager13436222
this wine has very nice flavors, but it needs a little time. those with patience will be rewarded. must decant or age in the bottle
02/26/2009
by bordeaux12665700
Medium bodied, mello, needs to breath a bit before it opens up
91 pts? Seriously?
07/12/2009
by gamay13381866
I tried very hard to like this wine. But I was confronted and quickly put off by the intense spice and pepper which overwhelm to a fault. Savoring the developing flavors in the mouth is normally a satisfying experience. But here, the spice and pepper do not let up. They continue to build in a strange, uncool way. I enjoy earthy, smokey flavors, but this wine is something else. This is a food wine, if it's drinkable at all. Cheese was helpful, but I finally settled on dried cherries. The sweetness countered the spice and pepper. But that's alot of effort just to make a wine approachable. A better solution, I think, would be to just select a different wine.

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