Bodegas Ateca Atteca Old Vines Garnacha 2017

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Tasting Notes

About the Wine

Bodegas Ateca was founded in 2005 as a joint venture between the Gil Family  (Bodegas Juan Gil began in 1916 and is well-known for their Monastrell wines) and importer Jorge Ordonez.  In 2009, Bodegas Ateca was fully acquired by the Gil family and is now part of the Gil Family States family of wineries. Currently 90% of the winery’s production is being exported. Its headquarters are in the locality of Ateca (Zaragoza), fourteen Kilometers away from Calatayud a DO (Denominación de Origen) located in the southwestern corner of the Aragon province of Spain.  The region was accorded the DO status in 1990.

The climate is continental with extremely hot summers but this effect is largely mitigated by the elevation of vineyards situated on the south-facing slopes of the Sierra de la Virgen range. The altitude of these sites can be anywhere between 550 m (1804 ft) to 800 m (2625 ft). This is vital to the region's quality wines as the colder heights prevent the grapes to achieve high must-weights and in turn high potential alcohol.

The 2017 Atteca was sourced from 80 to 120-year-old head -pruned Garnacha vines planted around the hills of the Ateca Mountains.  The soil is highly permeable and rich in minerals with slate being the main component. The wines of Bodegas Ateca, technically managed by the Australian enologist Michael Kyberd, are the result of a precise grape selection work following organoleptic (taste, sight, smell, and touch) analytical quality criteria, as well as harvesting at the appropriate ripeness moment.  After harvest and fermentation in stainless steel, the wine was aged for 10 months in seasoned new French oak.

Tasting Notes

Aromas are predominantly red fruited, but the old vines contribute a bass note. There’s some fresh fig as well as spiced sweet cherry. This is a seamlessly textured wine with fine tannins. It’s fruit driven, but neither gushy nor flabby. Moderate acidity, full body and a longer finish.

Food Pairing

This is a wine for ribs or spicy Asian rubs for lamb, beef, pork, etc.  For a vegetarian option try with a butternut squash and Moroccan spiced dishes. Burgers (veggie or not) and homemade pizza will pair well. Enjoy with tomato based pasta dishes, mushrooms, eggplant or beans. 


Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Pizza, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Wild Game

Spain , Calatayud
Grape Varietal:
100% Grenache/Garnacha
$15.00 each