Spain located on the Iberian Peninsula, has over 2.9 million acres planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation but it is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy. This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes—including the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Monastrell; the whites Albariño from Galicia, Palomino, Airen, and Macabeo; and the three cava grapes Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Macabeo. Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero which are known for their Tempranillo production; Valdepeñas, drunk by Unamuno and Hemingway, known for high quality tempranillo at low prices; Jerez, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine producing regions of the Penedès as well the Priorat region. Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. The system shares many similarities with the hierarchical Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system of France, Portugal's Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC) and Italy's Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) system.
- Item #: i_380598Bottle Size: 750mlBurghound: 91From Bodegas Atalaya (Almansa), we received this 2018 La Atalaya del Camino, a red wine based on monastrell and garnacha. The 2018 La Atalaya del Camino is the ideal red to combine with ragout and pork. Aromatic, fresh and fruity with ripe notes, blackberry, aromatic herbs and floral notes.
- Item #: i_377633Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 91We have featured wines from Volver before and assuredly will do so again. The quality in the bottle is obvious and the value found, upon tasting, is unmistakeable. Great wine for a great price.
The nose is filled with mixed florals, spice, cacao and dark berry fruits. Upon tasting, the fruits reposition to red (plum, raspberry, loganberry) with continued spice, a touch of cherry vanilla and black tea, all bolstered by excellent balance: easy-going tannins and moderate acidity.
The project of Bodegas Volver was founded in 2004 by Rafael Cañizares. The pillars of the bodega are based on the repositioning of quality Spanish wines and recovering old indigenous vineyards which, either through low production or lack of generational succession, had been lost.
Their most prized asset is their “...heritage of vines between 30 and 90 years old, indigenous varieties cultivated in a sustainable way with minimal intervention.”
WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Round and polished, this red delivers expressive ripe raspberry, blackberry, mocha and spice flavors, with firm acidity and fresh acidity that imparts liveliness. Bold, in the modern style. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported."