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Producer of this wine is Bodegas Ateca, another successful joined project of Gil family from southern Jumilla and Jorge Ordóñez. Grapes are sourced from different vineyards, located in the region at 3000 ft above the sea level, planted with vines that averages 60 – 120 year old vines.
Due to extreme conditions for growing vine – with most vineyards located high on the hillsides and with very low rainfall, the old vine produces low yield of very concentrated fruit, that is harvested by hand.
After the harvest of perfectly mature clusters there is an additional sorting of grapes at the sorting tables in the winery.
2008 vintage, just reviewed by Jay Miller/Wine Advocate 89 points! :
“The grapes for this new project were sourced from 60- to 80-year-old vines whose already low yields were reduced an additional 70% by the weather conditions of the vintage.
A glass-coating opaque purple, remarkably deep for a wine of this price made from Garnacha, the wine offers a nose of brooding black cherry and blueberry. Concentrated, ripe, and balanced on the palate, this flavorful, lengthy effort will drink well over the next four years. It is an outstanding value.”
Rich, dark ruby wine with outstanding aroma of dark mature fruit, with a touch of smokiness. Full bodied red that is bursting in rich fruit flavors, yet has a very silky texture and is perfectly focused and balanced.
This is a serious red wine for serious wine lovers. If your friends has a tendency to be prejudice about the quality of the wine at this low price, don’t spoil the occasion and don’t even tell them what you paid for it. Trust me, they wouldn’t believe you!
Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: about $ 8.99