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Alaya Tierra Old Vines
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16¼/20

Alaya Tierra Old Vines 2015

Almansa, Castilla-La Mancha, SpainWhile the grey silver labelled Laya may be common to you, the top tier, gold leaved Alaya may not be. As soon as you tip the overweight bottle (OMG, muscles) into your glass you get a sense of the concentration. This is low yielding old bush vine garnacha, from crappy limestone soils 1000m up in Almansa. This was fermented in stainless before MLF in new French and American oak, where it sat for 15 months before bottling. Almost opaque, with uber-ribe and sweet dusky black cherry, ribena, anise dusted with violet leaves, soft black pepper and worn leather. Tannins are cushy and the palate is cushier, propped with the sweet spice of new wood. At a whopping 16 percent alcohol, this rivals most ports; certainly not a breezy lunching sipper.Tasted: 08 January 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 45.99 private wine shops Producer: Gil Family EstatesDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Varietal: GarnachaCSPC: 12661UPC: 8437012278141