B-21 Top Recommendation
Atalayas is the old Spanish word for Watchtower, given to this winery to signify the importance of the ancient winery quarters which stood on these grounds overlooking the Golban stream six hundred years ago. These are the eastern reaches of the Ribera del Duero, more than 3,200 feet above sea level, where the winters are frigid and phylloxera never touched the vines. Standing in this place, one can feel the constant blowing of the wind, as it whips through these ancient, gnarled bush vines – Tinto Fino it is called here, the local variation of Tempranillo. And while time seems to stand still across the land here, in the cellars there is a modern touch which leads to these brilliantly bright and freshly fruited wines. I can't help but recall some of my favorite wines of Burgundy when I drink this Crianza – mineral notes, driving fruit that's uncanny in its resemblance to Pinot Noir – but then I recall the sun-drenched days in that valley where the Golban stream once flowed. This is pure Ribera – and a value you'll soon call your new daily drinker!