Bodegas Ateca Atteca Armas 2007
Grenache from Jumilla, Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
100% garnacha from vines planted in 1909. Opaque purple. Heady aromas of black and blue fruits, incense, smoky minerals and cured beef. Deep, sweet and expansive, offering vivid blackberry and blueberry flavors along with candied violet and suggestions of cinnamon, allspice and clove. The spiciness repeats strongly on the finish, which is strikingly fresh, energetic and long. This is very seductive right now and ready to drink.
100% Garnacha (Grenache). The grapes used for this wine are a result of a very careful selection, based on low yield (less than 1T/Ha), of the best old vines from a single vineyard of 6.2 Ha planted in 1909 located high on the hillsides, 3,000 ft above sea level, near Calatayud. The vineyard is planted in principally decomposed slate and is dry grown. The extreme weather conditions and very little rainfall (around 350ml per year) in the region makes the plants roots to grow down to 30 feet in order to obtain moisture. Extremely careful hand harvesting of perfectly mature clusters with good sanitary conditions and additional selection made in the winery using a sorting table. 18 months in new French oak barrels.
"Potent, deep and lush, with minty aromas and a lot more wild berry and tobacco than anything crisp or piquant. The palate is lush and packed full of ripe berry and black plum, while the finish is spirited, ripe, full and lusty. A rich, dark style of wine for modern palates. Ready now and over the next two years."
"Opaque purple. Heady aromas of black and blue fruits, incense, smoky minerals and cured beef. Deep, sweet and expansive, offering vivid blackberry and blueberry flavors along with candied violet and suggestions of cinnamon, allspice and clove. The spiciness repeats strongly on the finish, which is strikingly fresh, energetic and long. This is very seductive right now and ready to drink. "
International Wine Cellar
"Offering supple tannins and bright acidity, this lively red delivers a mouthful of sweet cherry, cranberry, vanilla and toast, while herbal accents keep it all grounded. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases imported."
"The grapes for the 2007 Atteca Armas were sourced from a 13 acre hillside vineyard planted in 1909. It was aged for 18 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays an enticing nose of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, plum, and black cherry. Structured and dense on the palate, this savory, full-flavored effort will evolve for 2-3 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2022."
The Wine Advocate
Very good wine. Spicy, smokey and creamy. Needs to breathe for a while as it is quite young. Will cellar for a few years and try again.
Learn About Bodegas Ateca
Bodegas Ateca is a joint project between the Gil winery family and the well-known importer, Jorge Ordonez. The bodegas is located in the Calatayud region of northeastern Spain. The majority of the vineyards are grown in highly permeable and healthy soils with a high amount of limestone. The soils are rocky, loose and low in nutrients. The climate in this region varies vastly from day to night, allowing for more balance between acidity and alcohol.
The main varietal here is Garnacha grown from old-vines up to 80-100 years old.
Learn About Jumilla
Created as a DO in 1966, Jumilla has undergone a revolution of sorts in the past few decades. The new generation of wines have caused the region to blossom and exports have increased. The region itself is nicely settled in Southwest Spain, somewhat inland, between La Mancha and the Mediterranean sea, creating a good grape-growing climate.
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Learn About Grenache
This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
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