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La Atalaya 2011 Almansa Red, Bodegas Atalaya, Gil Family Estate
Bodegas Atalaya is one of the Juan Gil Family Estates in Spain. The Gil Family is world renowned for the incredible wines they produce at their El Nido Estate. Not resting on their laurels they've sought out more old vine vineyards in Southeastern Spain and are now making more amazing wines in Almansa, just north of Jumilla. This is one of them. La Atalaya is a blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Monastrell from 40- and 30-year-old vines aged 12 monts in French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said "Roasted aromas of berry and hickory come with tons of char and BBQ notes. This is thick, almost to the point of being syrupy, while flavors of herbs, blackberry, creamy oak and mint are more savory than bright."