2018 Bodegas Ateca Calatayud Atteca Old Vines
2018 Bodegas Ateca Calatayud Atteca Old Vines While once being the 2nd most planted grape in the world, Grenache’s popularity has faltered. However, its ability to produce delicious wines has not.
Grenache is known for its candied red fruit flavors complemented by dollops of cinnamon and black pepper. The most famous of these comes from Spain’s Priorat.
There was a time when Grenache was the dominant grape in Spain. Now, despite ripping up almost half of the Grenache vineyards, Spain is still producing amazing wines with Grenache. These wines range from affordable everyday wines to lavishly expensive world-class affairs.
These garnet-colored, fruit-forward wines showcase delightful flavors of candied red fruit, cinnamon, and black pepper. The grape ripens late with high sugars, so it often produces wines that are high in alcohol. The more affordable versions are typically lighter and easy-drinking, while the expensive Priorats are rich and opulent and meant for long aging.
Bodegas Ateca has its headquarters in the locality of Ateca (Zaragoza, fourteen kilometers from Calatayud. The Vineyard, planted on slate soil on sites at higher elevations of the area, is made up mainly of small parcels of old vines of Garnacha, or Grenache, from the mountain hillside of Ateca and the surrounding villages