Bodegas Atalaya Laya Almansa, Spain 2010

What a week this has been. I began training for my new position last week and this week Layathe training and meetings have been fast and furious. There have been so many packed into each day it’s hard for me to differentiate one from the other. In addition I’m still working on the details of my big trip to Seattle and British Columbia while paying the bills that are incurring for airline tickets, dental surgery and car repairs.

There have been a few silver lining moments as I finally experienced short lived snow showers earlier in the week. Nothing like the Northeast but it was nice to see the mix of tiny and large flakes floating to the ground, sticking to Rooster’s fur or landing on the backs of the chickens. I even enjoyed a glass of wine while snow flakes landed in my glass.

In the evenings my husband and I enjoy some wine in front of the fireplace getting as much use out of it as we can until we can return to the rockers on the front porch. Another silver lining, I’ve had some really great new wines. My latest “Yes” wine, Laya Almansa a Spanish red wine I picked up at Whole Foods.

Color of dark purple ink in the glass with juicy black fruit and spicy pepper aromas. Complex Blackberry, licorice flavors with a hint of spice and nutmeg in the finish. Medium bodied and a perfect balance between acids and tannins. This wine was a delight. My only regret is I didn’t pick up more of this gem.

Varietal : 70% Garancha Tintorera, 30% Monastrell
Region: Almansa, Spain
TA: 5.2g/l
pH: 3.56
Aged: 4 months in barrel in French Oak
Alcohol: 14.5% vol
SRP: $9.99

I had a pretty tough time finding info as the websites I stumbled upon were in Spanish and Google Translate didn’t do what it supposed to do, translate. I also found what I thought was a lot of conflicting info so I’m only going to present what I think to be true.

The wine is produced by Gil Family Estates through collaboration with Orowine. Bottled under Bodegas Atalaya the winery falls within the Gil Family Estates which was founded in Jumilla and now covers 350 hectares of vineyards between 2,300 and 2,750 feet above sea level. 120 of those hectares surround the winery and the remaining are located near by in an area called Termino de Arriba, an area favorable for grapes.

The Monsatrell grape varietal is native to Jumilla making the region the biggest producer of the varietal across the globe. Thick skinned with high tannins the grape ripens late and requires a hot climate to thrive. The high vineyard altitudes allow the grapes to cool at night after a day in the warm sun. This difference in temperatures helps to produce the well balanced acidity.

I don’t want to provide info that I can’t verify so I’ll leave you with this, seek out this wine. It’s truly an affordable pleasure. As you can tell I’m posting this a few days late due to my over scheduling of meetings and trainings. I’m looking forward to a weekend of relaxation and getting caught up around the house.

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2 Responses to Bodegas Atalaya Laya Almansa, Spain 2010

  1. Pete Roldan says:

    Thanks for your informative and helpful tips on different types of wine. I’m glad we met you and husband on March 8, 2013 at the Frog town Cellers. You recommended to us Pinot Noir from Oregon. Since then we tasted La Merika Pinot Noir ’10 @$11.99. 91 PTS (California). Wow. After Cabs we are in love with Old Vines Zins. If you can recommend any that you have experienced we would appreciate the tips. What’s your take on Naked I really liked their “2008 Backdoor Reserve Zin”.

    • Hi Pete,
      It was great meeting you as well. I love Zins and the Ravenswood Single Vineyards are wonderful but do carry a bit of a price tag. Usually ranging from $35-$65 and can be difficult to find. I know Total Wine carries Old Hill which is one of my favorites and I’ve spent time in their vineyards. I think that is priced at $49 so it’s a splurge/cellar wine for me.
      On the more affordable side, any of the lower end Ravenswood are my go to for inexpensive zinfandel. Rodney Strong, Layer Cake (under the Primivito varietal), Oak Ridge ($10.99) and Bonterra ($13.99) are a few recent picks. There are a lot of great old vine zins from California in regions such as Sonoma, Amador, Lodi, Paso Robles, Russian River Valley and more.
      I have sampled Naked Winery and really do like their wines. I’ve had Tease and Naked Merlot at this time.

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