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.
International Wine Cellar
Vivid purple color. Decadent aromas of blackberry and blueberry preserves, smoky minerals, apricot pit and Indian spices. Broad, powerful dark berry flavors are framed by big but velvety tannins and enlivened by a subtle mineral quality. The minerality builds on the finish, which is impressively focused and persistent. These soils are reportedly high in chalk content and lie at 2,400 feet above sea level.
The Wine Advocate
The 2008 Atalaya is a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet), and other unspecified varieties. It was aged for 8 months in French oak. Deep crimson-colored, it displays an aromatic array of cedar, spice box, violets, blueberry, and blackberry with a hint of licorice in the background. On the palate it has layers of savory fruit, excellent concentration, and a long, fruit-filled finish. It is likely to evolve for 1-3 years but can be enjoyed now. This outstanding value over-delivers in a big way.