Jorge Ordonez Selection. 14% abv. Label claims that the Almansa region is an excellent environment for producing wines of great extraction (code for modern ripe style?) Darkly colored; opaque. Cedar wood shavings on the nose. As to fruit, I get more dark plum than berries or cherries. The palate also leans toward plum notes. It benefits from having the wine with food such as beef or ground beef. It does have a long finish with a hint of bitterness at the end. I would probably not buy again.
With the success of Luzon and Juan Gil there were some "sexed up" versions of Grenache and Monastell coming out of the region. I was not a fan. They seem made in a very New World style designed to appeal to lovers of fruit bombs and all that is bad in oaky New World reds with high alcohol the masses seem to love. With the sexy packaging with artsy labels, heavy bottles, at a price point of half $35-30 New World Cabs, Malbecs, Shiraz, etc...I'm sure they found a fan base. I find the wines uninspiring and overblown.
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(Bodegas Atalaya Atalaya) #2; COLOR-gorgeous dark black/purple; NOSE-a little plum component; a little grape candy juice; inky; very candied purple; PALATE-kind of thin on the mid-palate; nice smoothness on the back-end; I think many Cab drinkers would like this wine; a little generic; I've tasted this 2000 times, but a decent price point; I do appreciate a distinct cassis meets fig flavor on the back-end; well made, just a little over-the-top for me; I can see a lot of people liking this wine as it's easy drinking and delicious; JM-91; GV-87+
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