WA 90 Pts. - WS 90 Pts. - #54 - Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2012 - Produced from Garnacha and Monastrell, this lovely Spanish blend from Bodegas Atalaya has an abundance of deep plum and raspberry fruit character, with a full body and a heavy dose of oak.
According to 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.
According to the 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. Rated 90+