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La Atalaya del Camino 2019

La Atalaya del Camino

2019

The Alicante Bouschet is one of the few Grenache grape varieties with red flesh. It is well-known that...

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Wine La Atalaya del Camino 2019

Spec sheet
Producer
Grapes
Origin
TypeRed Wine
Alcohol content i15.5%
Bottle size and vintage0.75 L - 2019

Review

The Alicante Bouschet is one of the few Grenache grape varieties with red flesh. It is well-known that most red varieties have white flesh but there are a few exceptions to this rule, where we can find strongly-coloured grapes which produce wines of an unusual intensity.

The Alicante Bouschet and Mourvèdre grapes used to make La Atalaya del Camino are collected from vineyards in the Almansa region at altitudes between 700 and 1,000 metres. The sandy soils there with a strong presence of limestone, together with the huge temperature differences found at these heights, ensure the grape harvest is of exceptional quality. The two varieties of grape are fermented separately to give a wine with a great complexity which, after twelve months in French oak barrels, displays a striking character.

It is virtually impossible to see anything through a glass of La Atalaya del Camino. The intense character of the grapes produce such an opacity and viscosity that the wine seems to want to stay in the glass. It gives off intense aromas of liquorice and ripe black fruit, with tones of anise, blue flowers, black olives and Indian ink. If you close your eyes, it's easy to imagine blackberry jam, violets, fresh mint leaves, and even a hint of a forest with Herbes de Provence and pine resin. This wine is silky on the palate from start to finish, with strong but pleasant tannins.

Give this wine time, decant it and swirl it around your glass. On aeration, its sensations grow and its aromas multiply, placing this old-vine red wine among the most original wines of the Iberian Peninsula. This wine can also be kept for several years and will continue to improve.

Food pairing

Wild mushroom risotto / Iberian pork secreto / Wild boar

Vineyard

  • Soil:Sand / Limestone

Production

  • Ageing period:12 months
  • Type of wood:French oak

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Decanting:Decanting is recommended

Tasting notes

  • ViewIntense / Opaque / Dark picota cherry
  • Bouquet:Liquorice / Indian ink / Blackberry jam
  • Mouth:Silky / Lovely tannins

Customer reviews

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by: Gus (10/06/2019) - Vintage 2016

Great Value

Have now placed my second order for this wine as I was so impressed with my first order. This is a very flavoursome and smooth wine...quite sophisticated! For the price point this is an excellent value wine...highly recommended.

by: Stuart S (24/01/2018) - Vintage 2015

Full bodied Garnacha Classic

My Favorite Spanish wine will earthy / dark full bodied flavor that will knock your socks off, preferred with good red meat and shared amoungst friends. This region has some delightful wines not that well known in the UK.

by: DaveB (20/05/2019) - Vintage 2016

Lovely, full but with some finesse

A lovely Monastrell, full and fruity on a layer of liquorice and tobacco. However, it is not a "BBQ wine"; it has an element of finesse that should be appreciated.

by: Frank Zimmermann (09/01/2017) - Vintage 2014

Ein hervorragender, gehaltvoller Spanier

Ein wirklich guter, sehr mächtiger spanischer Rotwein, der auch bei meinen Gästen jedes Mal sehr gut ankommt. Es empfiehlt sich, ihn nach dem Öffnen zwei bis drei Stunden atmen zu lassen. Er kommt noch besser zur Geltung, wenn er zu den richtigen Speisen serviert wird, z.B. Wild oder Rindfleisch. Er eignet sich aber mit seinem Alkoholgehalt von 15.5% auch sehr gut als Begleiter zu süßen Desserts.

by: Gordy, Michael (30/12/2020) - Vintage 2018

Approaching Alaya Tierra

This is the mid-level wine of Atalaya Bodegas and it approaches the quality of their top wine, Alaya Tierra. The latter wine is one of the five or six best wines I have ever tasted in my long life, a life that has included eight years in the wine exporting business in France. For the price the El Camino cannot be matched. Buy all you can but please leave some for me!

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