Jumilla-Calatayud-Monstant-Almansa-Castilla y Leon-Rueda-Rias Baixas, Spain

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Alaya Tierra - Vegan

SKU 12661
Country Spain
Region Almansa
Type Red
Varietal Garnacha
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC AB

Colour

Intense cherry colour.

Aroma

Earth, underbrush, and mineral notes along with brooding black fruits.

Flavour

Dense and layered with the wine's strapping personality and helps provide for a silky texture and a finish with no hard edges.

Food Pairing

Ideal to accompany rices with game meat, stewed legumes, mushrooms, casserole dishes, smoked food, blue and cured cheeses, rack of lamb.

More Info

The old Garnacha Tintorera vineyards are planted in limestone based and sandy soils with good drainage at an altitude of 1000 meters. This wine was aged 15 months in mainly French oak barrels with a small portion in American oak. Very limited production.

92 pts

Guía Peñin 2020

2017 -

92 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Sept/2020

2017 -

"The powerful 2017 Alaya Tierra is 100% old-vine Garnacha Tintorera. It is a ripe, heady and dense red that hits the scale at 16% alcohol and close to six grams of residual sugar from very ripe grapes in a very dry and warm year. It fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured for 15 months in brand-new French barriques, where it also underwent malolactic fermentation. It has notes of ripe and candied fruit, the grapes are so ripe that it's impossible to ferment it completely dry, so there's always a little sweetness here. It's a full-throttle, full-bodied, concentrated ripe and tannic red in need of a T-bone and/or years in bottle. There is a smoky and meaty touch here and in some of the other wines that somehow made me think of a Syrah from the Northern Rhône. It has a very specific profile, very good in its kind. 18,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2019."

91 pts

James Suckling, Jul/2019

2017 -

"Blackberry and blueberry character with lots of smoky oak, but it's sexy and polished. Full body. Dense and focused. Pushes the limits a little, but all there. Drink now or hold."

93 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Apr/2019

2016 -

"Vivid purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes blackberry and blueberry preserves, incense, exotic spices and vanilla, with floral and mineral accents building in the glass. Lush and deeply concentrated but lively as well, offering palate-coating, alluringly sweet cherry-cola, blueberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that are supported by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes impressively long and seamless, with rounded tannins and a vibrant floral note. (aged in new French and American oak barrels for 15 months)"

92 pts

Guía Peñin 2020

2016 -

91 pts

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/2019

2016 -

"The top-of-the-range 2016 Alaya Tierra (which used to be called only Alaya, but the name was a little too similar to Laya) is pure Garnacha Tintorera from old vines planted at 1,000 meters in elevation. This is a ripe, heady, dense red that reached 16% alcohol and even retained some residual sweetness. It's opaque, off-dry and heady, almost a dessert wine but with loads of tannin, a little à la Recioto. It has so much tannin that the sweetness is not really perceptible. This is a difficult wine, a bit freaky, but perhaps with a few years in bottle it could be paired with game dishes. It matured in brand new French oak barrels for 15 months. It's not for the fainthearted. I had not tasted this wine for a very long time, and this could be an elegant vintage within its brutal profile. Very unusual. 18,000 bottles were filled in March 2018."

 

Wine Spectator, Web Only 2019

2016 -

"This rich red delivers ripe fruit in a thick texture, with notes of currant and blackberry, framed by cocoa, espresso and licorice details. Muscular tannins tame this powerful, heady wine. Garnacha. Drink now through 2026. 1,500 cases made."

 

92 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Apr/2019

2015 -

“Youthful violet color. Ripe red berry, cherry-cola and violet aromas are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Sappy and concentrated, offering intense, sharply focused bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that show strong, spicy lift. Round, well-integrated tannins add shape to the long, floral-driven finish, which shows excellent delineation and zesty lift. (aged for 15 months in new French and American oak barrels)”

89 pts

Gismondi on Wine, Jan/2018

2015 -

"While the grey silver labelled Laya may be common to you, the top tier, gold leaved Alaya may not be. As soon as you tip the overweight bottle (OMG, muscles) into your glass you get a sense of the concentration. This is low yielding old bush vine garnacha, from crappy limestone soils 1000m up in Almansa. This was fermented in stainless before MLF in new French and American oak, where it sat for 15 months before bottling. Almost opaque, with uber-ribe and sweet dusky black cherry, ribena, anise dusted with violet leaves, soft black pepper and worn leather. Tannins are cushy and the palate is cushier, propped with the sweet spice of new wood. At a whopping 16 percent alcohol, this rivals most ports; certainly not a breezy lunching sipper."

 

Wine Spectator, Dec/2017

2015 -

"This rich, thick red offers kirsch, plum pudding and espresso flavors, with a touch of sweet vanilla. Firm tannins and sweet-tart acidity give this structure. Has a hard-candy character, in the modern style. Garnacha Tintorera. Drink now through 2022. 1,500 cases made."

92 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May/2017

2014 -

"(fermented in small stainless steel tanks and aged for 15 months in new French and American oak barrels) Inky purple. Powerful, smoke- and oak-spiced aromas of dark berries, pipe tobacco and candied violet, along with a suave mineral topnote. Fleshy blackberry and blueberry liqueur flavors show excellent clarity and enlivening Asian spice and cracked pepper qualities. Finishes impressively long and sweet, delivering a resonating echo of candied dark berries, lingering spiciness and supple tannins."

89 pts

James Suckling, Dec/2016

2014 -

"A super fruity and extracted nose showing lots of cooked dark berries, cherries and herbal undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a medium, spicy and syrupy finish. Heavy and a bit overdone. Drink now."

 

Gismondi on Wine, Sept/2017

2014 -

"California meets Spain in this super rich garnacha tintorera red made with old vine fruit grown at 1000 meters above sea level over limestone/sandy soils. Expect a big, super ripe, raisiny-flavoured red with some spicy oak to add to its weight and power. The 2014 clocks in at 16 percent alcohol which becomes the focus of the long, warm aftertaste. As big as it is, it will have an appeal to a certain crowd who love ginormous reds. Personally, an earlier pick might be in order here to better express the terroir."

92 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan/2016

2013 -

"Opaque purple. Powerful dark berry, floral pastille and Indian spice aromas are complemented by lively floral and white pepper nuances. The sappy and focused palate offers blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and become sweeter in the glass. Concentrated but lively, with excellent clarity and smooth, slow-building, structure-providing tannins. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, this wine was then moved to a combination of new French and American oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 15 months of aging."