Bodegas Atalaya

La Atalaya del Camino Almansa Garnacha Tintorera Blend

8.8102 ratings
8.66 pro ratings
Almansa, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Garnacha Tintorera, Monastrell
Top Notes For
Armin Pfleiderer

Sometimes a wine is just not my style but I recognize when there is obvious appeal to others. That is the case here. Sure, this is a decidedly oaky wine with undeniable alcohol burn—both of which I find unpleasant—but it also has a lush, rich, hedonistically dark berry fruitiness...like, to an unreal level. The smoky-vanilla notes of the oak work well with the fruit, but it’s just all too much. And that 15.5% (read: probably closer to 15.9%) alcohol? Oh yeah—it ain’t hiding.

Sometimes a wine is just not my style but I recognize when there is obvious appeal to others. That is the case here. Sure, this is a decidedly oaky wine with undeniable alcohol burn—both of which I find unpleasant—but it also has a lush, rich, hedonistically dark berry fruitiness...like, to an unreal level. The smoky-vanilla notes of the oak work well with the fruit, but it’s just all too much. And that 15.5% (read: probably closer to 15.9%) alcohol? Oh yeah—it ain’t hiding.

2 people found it helpfulNov 7th, 2017
Tim Eller

Spain is just stupid with the amount of high quality, high value wine they make. La Atalaya is no exception. Mild acidity, juicy cherries and a hint of spicy pepper make this an interesting and easy going couch mate.

Spain is just stupid with the amount of high quality, high value wine they make. La Atalaya is no exception. Mild acidity, juicy cherries and a hint of spicy pepper make this an interesting and easy going couch mate.

1 person found it helpfulJul 29th, 2019
Kristin the Wine Girl

Decanted: Dark chocolate covered caramel on the nose! Berries open up big and juicy. Very nice. Undecanted: maple syrup-covered sausage over waffles! Tighter higher acidic presence on dark fruit.

Decanted: Dark chocolate covered caramel on the nose! Berries open up big and juicy. Very nice. Undecanted: maple syrup-covered sausage over waffles! Tighter higher acidic presence on dark fruit.

1 person found it helpfulJun 15th, 2019
Austin Beeman

A delicious oil slick of a wine. Acid fans and tooth enamel quake in fear.

A delicious oil slick of a wine. Acid fans and tooth enamel quake in fear.

1 person found it helpfulSep 20th, 2016
Felipe Ferreiro

Sommelier/Wine Director Restaurante Las Rias Bajas

8.9

Capa media alta, en nariz fruta roja madura , en el fondo notas de aceituna, ahumado. En boca buena entrada, potente , paso especiado y final potente y con madurez marcada.

Capa media alta, en nariz fruta roja madura , en el fondo notas de aceituna, ahumado. En boca buena entrada, potente , paso especiado y final potente y con madurez marcada.

1 person found it helpfulDec 28th, 2015
Al Gomez

Be sure to decant! I generally enjoy Spanish wines but this one was way too syrupy tasting with a very ripe, overly mature cherry fruit taste. I may try again but this one is not for me.

Be sure to decant! I generally enjoy Spanish wines but this one was way too syrupy tasting with a very ripe, overly mature cherry fruit taste. I may try again but this one is not for me.

Apr 5th, 2021
WC Fields

Big. Fruit. Jammy. Velvet soft tannins. Great quaff on its own. Solid QPR.

Big. Fruit. Jammy. Velvet soft tannins. Great quaff on its own. Solid QPR.

Mar 16th, 2021
David Cox

Deep purple, high alcohol on the nose, lots of tears (on the glass, not my eyes), bold chocolate, over ripe raspberries, opens better after decanting. May fit some tastes, but I’m not planning on going back for more.

Deep purple, high alcohol on the nose, lots of tears (on the glass, not my eyes), bold chocolate, over ripe raspberries, opens better after decanting. May fit some tastes, but I’m not planning on going back for more.

Jul 22nd, 2020
Lars Miller

La Atalaya Del Camino, with 85/15 garnacha and monastrell. Out of the bottle it's rich, with stewed plum and a subtle flower note. Luscious and creamy. A bit alcoholic, with light to medium tannins, and sun-dried tomatoes, with the smallest hint of pork. Full of flavor and long finish. Wow is this good!

La Atalaya Del Camino, with 85/15 garnacha and monastrell. Out of the bottle it's rich, with stewed plum and a subtle flower note. Luscious and creamy. A bit alcoholic, with light to medium tannins, and sun-dried tomatoes, with the smallest hint of pork. Full of flavor and long finish. Wow is this good!

Jul 17th, 2020
Katie Hahn

Delicious berry forward red.

Delicious berry forward red.

Nov 2nd, 2019