Back to Spain. For the amount of Spanish wine Carey and I drink, there are surprisingly few represented on the blog. For me, Spain is a source of great values, great complexity, and great fruit. From my favorite inexpensive everyday Garnacha (Las Rocas), to one of my all-time favorite Crianzas from Ribera Del Duero (Pagos de Quintana), to one of my top 3 favorite wines I’ve experienced to date, the 1995 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 from La Rioja Alta—Spain offers a diverse range of often overlooked and underrated wines that I adore.
The 2007 Atteca Old Vines, by Bodegas Ateca, starts from 80 to 120-year-old Garnacha vines hand-harvested from the arid, mineral-rich soils of hillside vinyards 3,000 feet above sea level. These Garnacha vines yield a staggeringly small amount of fruit, at only 1 ton per hectare (about 2.5 acres), resulting in beautifully concentrated inky dark fruit.
Our tasting notes:
- Garnet in color, surprisingly more transparency than I was expecting. Sparkling and bright in the glass—a wine that looks alive.
- The fruit is ripe and juicy, nicely steering away from any heavy jamminess.
- The tannins are firm and slightly drying, but overall very comfortable in the mouth and nose.
- Fabulous cured meat and smokiness in both the aroma and flavor profiles. This gamey/smoke quality is the pièce de résistance of the Atteca Old Vines, palpable and rich.
- Nice mineral notes- I detected a cool slaty nature, or perhaps graphite.
- Soft vanilla rounding late in the body.
- This is a wine that will benefit from 45 minutes of opening up.
$15.99 (only $12.95 on ShoppersWines.com)