Atalaya winery is a new project within the Gil Family Estates group; it belongs to the appellation Almansa, located east of the provence of Albacete, between Valencia, Alicante and Murcia, in the transit zone between the Castilian plateau and the Mediterranean sea.
The winery and vineyards of the property are located 3 kilometers north of Almansa mainly on limestone soils and an altitude of 800 meters above sea level. The predominant grape varieties are Garnacha Tintorera, a variety native to the area, and the variety Monastrell, in which this new project builds its wines.
Technical direction is provided by Australian born winemaker Francisco Gonzales.
“The 2010 Laya is made up of 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Monastrell aged 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, rich, round and succulent…” Robert Parker
95 Points – Decanter Magazine
La Atalaya 2009
“The 2009 Atalaya La Atalaya is 85% Garnacha Tintorera and 15% Monastrell that spent 12 months in French oak. It, too, sports a glass coated with glycerin as well as a super-fragrant nose of exotic spices, lavender, incense, and black raspberry. Succulent, layered, and totally pleasure-bent, this plush offering has a smooth-as-silk finish totally unexpected from a wine of this humble price. It is an amazing value in unrestrained hedonism.” Robert Parker