This is a very, very crazy value from Spain. Sourced from 75 year old Garnacha vines, this wine has a nice huckleberry nose with assorted black fruit. Nice, medium length with considerable silkiness. If you like Spanish Garnacha but don't like getting stiffed on price, buy a case of this one!
Rating 87 Amazing good value . well balanced with plenty of fruit. Nose is good fruity but not prominent
A little flat dark plum with hints of cherry. Followed by a faint graphite finish. Overall a good wine for the price.
Upon first glance, you see there is something a touch different about this wine. It is a deep garnet in color, something not typical in wines made from the Grenache grape. It has a deep, earthy nose resplendent with plums and blackberry with just the barest hint of vanilla on the end. Upon the tongue, event though it is very opulent and fruit forward, it is still a medium bodied wine. Plums and cherries dominate with just a touch of the earthiness from the nose to finish. Very little tannins and acidity to finish the experience cannot hide the fact this is a very dry red wine. This is yet another example of some serious value being found in Spanish wines right now. For under $10 a bottle this is something that should be in you rotation for the dinner wine. I would not suggest stocking your cellar with this one though. It is a Crianza and it won’t hold in the bottle for long.
Excellent Spanish Garnacha (100%), a good example of old world meets new world. It has hints of spices along with nice floral aromas and flavors, on top of delicious ripe blackberries and cherries. Jay Miller gave this wine an 88, and Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar gave it a 90. Definitely worth the purchase for 15-18 dollars.
I am a huge fan of old vine zinfandels, and this is an example of an inexpensive table wine version of this. Buttery, tannic, and just a touch of pepper.
A perfect companion to a good manchego with white truffle honey last weekend (at a fabulous price), but it needs to breathe first!
External Reviews for Bodegas Ateca Zabrin Calatayud Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines
Dichtes, jugendliches Rubin mit Violettnuancen. Frisch, blumig, rote Früchte, Kräuter und Pfeffer. Im Gaumen viel Saft und Frische, kräuter-herbe Struktur und dezent rustikal.
Inky purple color. Potent aromas of blackberry, blueberry, olive and violet; smells like a syrah, and a good one at that. Chewy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are framed by dusty tannins that give way to the fruit on the firm, focused back end. This represents incredible value.
The fruit is ripe and juicy, nicely steering away from any heavy jamminess. The tannins are firm and slightly drying, but overall very comfortable in the mouth and nose. Fabulous cured meat and smokiness in both the aroma and flavor profiles.
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.
IWC 90pts. - According to Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Bright purple. Intensely floral bouquet offers scents of black raspberry, lavender, Indian spices and white pepper. Juicy dark berry flavors are complicated by notes of candied flowers and pepper and show no rough edges. The floral quality resonates on the spicy, long finish. I'd drink this over the next few years to take advantage of its vivacious fruit. Atteca is 100% Garnacha old-vines ranging from 80-120 years. Dark ruby-colored, it delivers an alluring bouquet of Asian spices, wild black cherry, and blueberry. Layered and sweetly-fruited, the wine is nicely balanced and lengthy. It has enough stuffing to evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now.
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 vintages. 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.