Jumilla-Calatayud-Monstant-Almansa-Castilla y Leon-Rueda-Rias Baixas, Spain

Gil Family Estates has a wide portfolio of Spanish wines with different characteristics and backgrounds. All of them with a common denominator- produced with different indigenous varieties of grapes, a refined image and an unbeatable relation between its quality and its price.

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Laya

SKU 189902
Country Spain
Region Almansa
Type Red
Varietal Blend - Garnacha, Monastrell
Listing Specialty
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB

Colour

Deep garnet red.

Aroma

Aromas of brooding black fruits, licorice, espresso and pepper.

Flavour

Bright, red berry fruity flavours with soft tannins, balanced acidity and a long, full finish.

Food Pairing

Rice, pasta dishes, vegetables, mushroom, stewed meat, sausage, pork, roast meat, red and/or white meat with sauces, grilled meat, short or medium cheeses.

More Info

These Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell grapes come from vineyards situated in Almansa, between 700 and 1000 meters of altitude, planted in sandy soils with a high lime concentration in the base.

92 pts

James Suckling, Jul/2019

2018 -

"Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Hints of black tea. Full body. Layered and very rich. Juicy and succulent. Some mahogany at the end. Drink now."

90 pts

Guia Peñin 2019

2017 -

90 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Apr/2019

2017 -

“Youthful purple. Lively scents of red and blue fruits, lavender and smoky minerals, along with a touch of spiciness. Seamless and energetic on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that are underscored by a vein of tangy acidity. Closes on an appealingly sweet note, with subtle tannins coming on late. (raised in new and used French oak barrels for four months)”

89 pts

James Suckling, Aug/2018

2017 -

"Sweet and rather fragrant nose, but on the palate this has rather chewy, dry tannins and sweetness that doesn’t really jell with them. You need a big steak to make this work well. A blend of garnacha, tintorera and monastrell."

90 pts

James Suckling, Jul/2017

2016 -

"The most normal and satisfying wine from this producer. Full, dry tannins and quite fresh acidity, but the best thing is the fresh fruit. Drink now or in 2018."

90 pts

Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Apr/2019

2016 -

 “Brilliant violet color. High-pitched cherry and dark berry scents are complicated by spice and floral nuances that build as the wine opens up. Juicy and light on its feet, offering sweet blackberry and floral pastille flavors that deepen on the back half. Smooth tannins add gentle grip to the finish, which hangs on with very good, spicy persistence. (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in used French oak barrels)” 

 

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Dec/2017

2016 -

"The 2016 Laya is a Garnacha Tintorera blend with 30% Monastrell, an approachable and easy-to-drink Mediterranean blend that represents very good value for the money. The grapes are from dry-farmed, head-pruned vines averaging 30 years of age and fermented in open-top vats with selected yeasts followed by malolactic and four months aging in French barriques. It felt a little reductive, as it could have been a more recently bottled lot. It has a more reticent nose than its sibling, a little closed and with less ripeness in the aromas and in the tannins. 360,000 bottles produced."

 

Gismondi on Wine, Jan/2018

2016 -

"The heft in the bottle reflects the density of this wine, a blend of old bush vine garnacha / monastrell from Almansa. Fortunately, the altitude (700-1000m) and soils (calcareous) has kept a flush of freshness. Dusky blackberry, charcoal smoke, black liquorice tug along with thick tannins on a soft, brooding palate, lingering with black espresso and a medicinal scrub. This concentration, as savoury-lined as it is, requires red meats to meet. Solid value."

 

Gismondi on Wine, Jan/2018

2016 -

"Savoury, blackberry fruit flecked with charcoal smoke and black licorice has all the structure to pair with any polenta combo."

 

 

Wine Spectator, Online Only 2017

2016 -

"This fresh red offers grapey, licorice and subtle gamy flavors, with tart acidity and light, firm tannins. Simple but gulpable. Try this lightly chilled. Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell. Drink now. 30,000 cases made."

92 pts

James Suckling, Dec/2015

2015 -

"A spicy red with blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry character. Some pepper notes, too. Full body and soft and juicy tannins that follow through to a long, fresh and fruity finish. Drink now."

 

Intervin International Awards 2016/2017

2015 -

Bronze Medal

 

Gismondi on Wine, Feb/2017

2015 -

"The weight and heft on the palate reflects both the old bush vines in this 70/30 garnacha tintorera/monastrell, and the intense heat of Alamansa. Fortunately, the altitude of the vineyards (700-1000m) and calcareous soils have laced this concentrated wine with freshness. Brooding cassis, black plum, dark florals and black liquorice are etched with scrubby resinous herbs, thorns, espresso and medicinal blackberry, all bolstered by thick and sticky tannins. This packs weight and complexity far past its price point. Bodegas Atalaya was founded in 2007 by the Gil Family of Jumilla."

 

Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Sept/2017

2015 -

"The Laya 2015 Garnacha Monastrell Vieilles Vignes ($14.49) is a good example of getting your money’s worth. Old vines, rich flavours, and a long finish that tastes like it cost $20. Decant this and serve it blind and tell everyone it’s worth $30."

91 pts

Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Jul/2016

2014 -

"This Spanish red from the Almansa region makes a star out of a lowly red grape, garnacha tintorera (a.k.a. alicante bouschet), which is combined here with 30 per cent mourvedre, a tannic variety that provides welcome backbone. Full-bodied and supple, it shows succulent, syrupy-cherry fruit along with notes of shoe leather, licorice and black pepper. It would be perfect for roast lamb and should improve with up to six years in the cellar."

90 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan/2016

2014 -

"Bright purple. Powerful, spice- and smoke-tinged black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by deep licorice and mocha nuances. Lush and broad with tangy acidity lifting and focusing the concentrated blueberry and cassis flavors. The supple, spicy finish shows very good clarity and punch. This sexy, seamless wine delivers remarkable bang for the buck."