When I asked my distributors recently to bring me great examples of mid-range Spanish finds, little did I know that one would bring me a wine this dark, complex, full bodied and long for under $20 retail. This Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero region in Northern Spain is a wonderous value.
The winery is owned by Miguel Sanchez, who has gained a grand reputation off recent top ratings for his Dominio de Atauta line. Atalayas was started to bring wine to the market at more “everyday” prices. The Tempranillo spent 14 months in 20% new and 80% used French barrels purchased from Chateau Haut-Brion. Winemaker Bertrand Sourdais spent time at Chateaux Mouton and Leoville Las Cases, so there is a definite Bordeaux influence.
This wine is available at Salut! Wine Co. for $19.99, or available to wine club members for only $16.99!
Atalayas de Golban – A profile of the wines & winery from the Rare Wine Co.
Espavino.com – All about Spanish wines, regions & grapes
Tempranillo at Wikipedia
About the Ribera del Duero region at Wines from Spain
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