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Atalaya Laya 2012

Red Blends from Spain

Price: $10.99
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Item No. 125121
  • RP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

Laya is 70% Garnacha Tintorera — Alicante Bouschet — and 30% Monastrell planted around 1000 metres (3280 feet) above sea level and aged for 4 months in French oak. Garnacha Tintorera is known for its deep color and here it coats the glass and imparts aromas of brooding black fruits, licorice, espresso, and pepper. Dense, savory, and rich.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2012 Laya, a blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Monastrell, has a superb bouquet of pure dark cherries, blackberry and incense that would normally grace a wine far more expensive. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of succulent black fruit that is neatly entwined with the subtle French oak. It is not a complex wine, but it is supremely well-crafted for the unbeatable price. Excellent."
90 Points

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Brigid Stanley - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Style: Big & Bold
This wine was difficult for me to rate, as the intensity of flavor was so unexpected. If I had tasted this blindly, I would have thought it was an expensive Sonoma Zinfandel... Dark chocolate, espresso and overripe blue/black fruit are intense with an almost overly smoky/oaky nose. I do enjoy this wine but it truly does not taste like it is in the Grenache/Garnacha family. I had it with some cinnamon sugar toast and a piece of chocolate. It would definitely overpower a white meat of any sort. I would like to try it with a mole or curry though! The only component that does not remind me of a Zinfandel is the fact I noticed the legs were not as defined. Definitely worth trying at this price!
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Style: Smooth & Supple
Really a 4 star wine but with the price gotta give it an extra star. Could easily sell for 2 to 3 times as much. Med to full body with tons of red and black fruits, smokey and spicy with surprisingly long finish.I with I could buy more.
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Style: Big & Bold
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MICHAEL HENNESY - Mount Juliet, TN (read all my reviews)

Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Hard, Beef > Stew
A deep plum jam , dark cherry nose with bold dark currant and blackberry flavors mid palate and a dry mildly tannin finnish. A big and bold red for a very reasonable price. Pair with a strong flavored hard cheese and crusty bread or a rich flavorful beef pot roast.
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Style: Smooth & Supple
A very nice red blend, especially for the price. The French oak is subtle with black cherries, blackberry and licorice gracing your palate. I found it improved after a couple hours of decanting.
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Craig Nelson - Mansfield Center, CT (read all my reviews)

This is a very good blend. Well balanced. Not too sweet, good backbone, nice richness, dry ending. Excellent table red.
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Style: Light & Fruity
Great for the price.
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Style: Smooth & Supple
Excellent value. Nice bouquet, light berry fruit, tasty finish.
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wine hog - Greenland, NH (read all my reviews)

Style: Smooth & Supple
Tasty and a very nice lingering berry flavor. A bigger 'body' than I was expecting. Based on taste, you would expect to pay $18.00-$20.00 in a store
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Style: Big & Bold
A bold red wine. I would drink again.
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Stephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT (read all my reviews)

Style: Earth & Spicy
Very young and needs some time in the bottle. However, you can drink now but with considerable aeration. Berry flavors and nose open up nicely. This will evolve quite nicely in a couple of years.
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elviaje26 - Portland, OR (read all my reviews)

The worst wine I have ever had! Extremely hard to drink. It had a lot of vinegar taste to it. I took one to two drinks and threw it away!
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Zhlmsd - Boston, MA (read all my reviews)

Style: Smooth & Supple
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Learn About Atalaya

The winery was founded in 2003, but the family has 3 generations in vine cultivation. The main building is in the midst of vineyards, so the quality of the grapes remain intact in its short trip from vine to press. This winery has 25 hectares of vineyards, which use the trellis system and drip-irrigation. The bodega cultivates Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,Monastrell...

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