Bodegas Atalaya La Atalaya del Camino 2020
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"High, cherry-colored depth with a ruby rim. Explosive notes of red and black fruit, fig preserve, hints of toast, Arabica coffee, toffee, spices, menthol and a dash of violets. Bold, meaty and full-bodied, yet a surprising freshness. Good acidity and round though under-ripe tannins give tension and complexity. Long finish."
I also tasted the 2020 La Atalaya del Camino from a classical vintage of wines with less alcohol and higher acidity and more balance. This is a blend of 85% Garnacha Tintorera and 15% Monastrell from dry-farmed, head-pruned vines that are planted on limestone soils and average 45 years of age. It fermented in open-top stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for one year. This feels harmonious and integrated, still young and a little creamy, but it was only bottled one month before I tasted it. There's more freshness and balance here, the 2020 is the most harmonious of the three vintages I tasted side by side.
Brooding, dark color with notes of jammy blackberries, oyster sauce, dried violets, black olives, incense and cloves. Full-bodied, rich and flavorful, with a structured palate that’s full of dark berries.