Bodegas Ateca Atteca Armas 2007
Grenache from Jumilla, Spain
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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. "
Wine Spectator - "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 Wine Advocate - "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."
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Bodegas Ateca Winery
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. View all Bodegas Ateca Wines
Notable FactsThe grape Monestrell (known as Mourvedre in France) is making an impact here, taking up over 80% of the vineyard land and producing wines of dense fruit and spice character. It snagged the common partner syrah for blending, as well as the international grape, Merlot. Monestrell takes well to the flat vineyards and rocky soils that retain heat. The red wines from Jumilla are full-bodied wines with flavors of black fruits and plums. Rosés of the Monestrell grape are refreshing and fruity.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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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