Atalaya Laya 2021

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Tasting Notes
Between medium and full-bodied, this offering from Southeastern Spain is chock full of mulberries, cooked plums and raspberries with a sprinkling of cocoa. Baking spices and a hint of underbrush linger through the finish. This red will be a good partner to grilled sausages, beef enchiladas, beans, mole or hearty vegetarian casseroles with cabbage or root vegetables.
Almansa is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) that is known for its red wines. To be granted the Almansa DO status, the wine must be made from one or more of the region’s authorized varieties—Monastrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha Tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.  Located in the transition zone between the high central plateau (La Mancha) and the Mediterranean Sea, the region‘s climate is continental (long, hot summers and cold winters).  Rainfall is sparse and sporadic.  Most of the vineyards are on flat land at altitudes of between 700 and 1000 meters above sea level, comprising permeable lime-bearing soils that are poor in nutrients.
Bodegas Atalaya is a project in the Almansa DO of the Gil family of Jumilla.  The Atalayas project is named for a nearby Atalaya—watchtower dating from the time of the Moor.  This is the mid-level wine from Bodegas Atalaya.  Grapes are grown in estate vineyards at 700-1000 meters above sea level in sandy soils with a high lime concentration in the subsoil.  The varieties are fermented separately in stainless steel and then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.  
Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Grilled preparations, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pizza, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce

Spain , Almansa
Grape Varietal:
30% Monastrell/Mourvedre, 70% Garnacha Tintorera
$12.00 each