Gil Family Estates has a wide portfolio of Spanish wines with different characteristics and backgrounds. All of them with a common denominator: produced with different indigenous grape varietals, a refined image, and an unbeatable relation between its quality and its price.View Supplier Page
|Varietal||Blend - Garnacha, Monastrell|
|Available In||BC AB|
Deep garnet red.
Aromas of brooding black fruits, licorice, espresso and pepper.
Bright, red berry fruity flavours with soft tannins, balanced acidity and a long, full finish.
Rice, pasta dishes, vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.
These Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell grapes come from vineyards situated in Almansa, between 700 and 1000 meters of altitude, planted in sandy soils with a high lime concentration in the base.
"The fruit-driven and easy-to-drink 2019 Laya was produced with Garnacha Tintorera, or Alicante Bouschet, grapes blended with 30% Monastrell from an unusually wet year with torrential rains during the harvest. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts, with malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months. It's very dark, almost opaque, expressive and open. This comes from younger vines yet is structured and seamless, quite complete. It feels like a very good vintage for Garnacha Tintorera in the zone. The palate is round, somehow creamy, and the tannins are ripe and juicy. 360,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020."
"Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Hints of black tea. Full body. Layered and very rich. Juicy and succulent. Some mahogany at the end. Drink now."
“Youthful purple. Lively scents of red and blue fruits, lavender and smoky minerals, along with a touch of spiciness. Seamless and energetic on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that are underscored by a vein of tangy acidity. Closes on an appealingly sweet note, with subtle tannins coming on late. (raised in new and used French oak barrels for four months)”
"The entry-level red 2017 Laya is a fruit-driven Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) blend with some Monastrell (less this year, because Monastrell didn't behave well in Almansa in 2017) from dry-farmed vines; it fermented in stainless steel followed by malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months. This has a very expressive and gentle nose, with nice fruit and even some notes of flowers. It has tannins, but it's not as aggressive as some might think. This is a characterful and powerful Mediterranean red and represents very good value for money. 360,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2018.
Atalaya is the name of the project from the Gil family from Jumilla in the neighboring appellation of Almansa. Here they produce 450,000 bottles per year."
"The most normal and satisfying wine from this producer. Full, dry tannins and quite fresh acidity, but the best thing is the fresh fruit. Drink now or in 2018."
“Brilliant violet color. High-pitched cherry and dark berry scents are complicated by spice and floral nuances that build as the wine opens up. Juicy and light on its feet, offering sweet blackberry and floral pastille flavors that deepen on the back half. Smooth tannins add gentle grip to the finish, which hangs on with very good, spicy persistence. (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in used French oak barrels)”
"The 2016 Laya is a Garnacha Tintorera blend with 30% Monastrell, an approachable and easy-to-drink Mediterranean blend that represents very good value for the money. The grapes are from dry-farmed, head-pruned vines averaging 30 years of age and fermented in open-top vats with selected yeasts followed by malolactic and four months aging in French barriques. It felt a little reductive, as it could have been a more recently bottled lot. It has a more reticent nose than its sibling, a little closed and with less ripeness in the aromas and in the tannins. 360,000 bottles produced."
"The heft in the bottle reflects the density of this wine, a blend of old bush vine garnacha / monastrell from Almansa. Fortunately, the altitude (700-1000m) and soils (calcareous) has kept a flush of freshness. Dusky blackberry, charcoal smoke, black liquorice tug along with thick tannins on a soft, brooding palate, lingering with black espresso and a medicinal scrub. This concentration, as savoury-lined as it is, requires red meats to meet. Solid value."
"Savoury, blackberry fruit flecked with charcoal smoke and black licorice has all the structure to pair with any polenta combo."
"A spicy red with blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry character. Some pepper notes, too. Full body and soft and juicy tannins that follow through to a long, fresh and fruity finish. Drink now."
"The weight and heft on the palate reflects both the old bush vines in this 70/30 garnacha tintorera/monastrell, and the intense heat of Alamansa. Fortunately, the altitude of the vineyards (700-1000m) and calcareous soils have laced this concentrated wine with freshness. Brooding cassis, black plum, dark florals and black liquorice are etched with scrubby resinous herbs, thorns, espresso and medicinal blackberry, all bolstered by thick and sticky tannins. This packs weight and complexity far past its price point. Bodegas Atalaya was founded in 2007 by the Gil Family of Jumilla."
"The Laya 2015 Garnacha Monastrell Vieilles Vignes ($14.49) is a good example of getting your money’s worth. Old vines, rich flavours, and a long finish that tastes like it cost $20. Decant this and serve it blind and tell everyone it’s worth $30."
"This Spanish red from the Almansa region makes a star out of a lowly red grape, garnacha tintorera (a.k.a. alicante bouschet), which is combined here with 30 per cent mourvedre, a tannic variety that provides welcome backbone. Full-bodied and supple, it shows succulent, syrupy-cherry fruit along with notes of shoe leather, licorice and black pepper. It would be perfect for roast lamb and should improve with up to six years in the cellar."
"Bright purple. Powerful, spice- and smoke-tinged black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by deep licorice and mocha nuances. Lush and broad with tangy acidity lifting and focusing the concentrated blueberry and cassis flavors. The supple, spicy finish shows very good clarity and punch. This sexy, seamless wine delivers remarkable bang for the buck."