Bodegas Atalaya La Atalaya del Camino 2013
Inky ruby. Brooding and slow to open up. Aeration unveils powerful dark fruit preserves, licorice and candied violet, with suggestions of fruitcake and smoky minerals. A spicy note enlivens the chewy, concentrated cassis and bitter cherry flavors. Supple tannins build through a long, smoky finish, echoing the floral and licorice qualities emphatically. Give this youngster some age or a decent decanting.
This dense red shows a savory character, with smoky, gamy and loamy notes framing a core of modest plum fruit flavors. A polished texture carries firm, well-integrated tannins that yield to a bitter espresso finish. Decant. Drink now through 2018. 4,500 cases made.