Category Archives: Almansa

2007 Atalaya Almansa

Atalaya_2007I revisited this the other night, after a big score and a “kinky” reference in the description, it sold out, but Jorge Ordonez brought more over from Spain. Ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, red plum, raspberry, red cherry, strawberry, sweat, leather, spice, white pepper, chalky dusty soil, with some oak. On the palate, dry, medium tannin, medium body, very pretty spices and fruit, with a sweaty component that is distinctly sexy in it’s exoticness, with nice balance, and a solid finish. This wine over delivers for the price point.    

2005 Vinas del Cenit Tempranillo

cenitI had about half the bottle last night, and fell asleep singing praises to this fusion of global warming and ripeness of fruit with the old world charm. I sucked the air out via pump and put in fridge over-night. On the nose, medium intensity, still kicking some ass, dark black plum, black raspberry, cigar, earthy, very oaky, with lots of layers. On the palate, dry, creamy milkshake texture, medium intensity, medium body, medium tannin, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, plum, cherry, with a long spicy finish. I still can’t believe the quality at this price. They did spend some money on this.    

2007 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa

The newest hot shot wine from Jorge Ordonez that everyone is making a big deal about because it just got scored 91 points from the Wine Advocate and the distributors anticipate selling out of inside a month. A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha, and Tintorera(Alicante). On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plums, blueberry, black cherry, strawberry, spice box, game, leather, hay, white pepper, some oak, and some earth. Very well rounded nose. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, medium body, silky mouthfeel, really nicely balanced fruit, oak, earth, spice, with a great finish. I don’t know about the 45 second finish that the review claims, but it’s worth setting a timer a checking. An A+ wine, another knockout punch from Jorge Ordonez.