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Spanish Steal: 2012 BODEGAS ATALAYA “Laya”

2012 Bodegas Atalaya Laya Garnacha-Monstrell
$9.50 bottle/ $92.00 case

layaThis rather remarkable Spanish value hardly needs an introduction since this is the fourth year in a row we’ve featured it in our E-Special offering. Always over-delivering, always immensely satisfying, it is easily one of the best wine values in the world. Made by the highly respected Gil family, this 70% garnacha-30% monastrell blend is rich, layered, and intense without going over the top, thanks to its well integrated tannins and pop of acid on the finish. A huge crowd favorite at the last Spanish tasting, this is a classic “nothing not to like” bottle of red. Plus it received the following rather kind words from Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2012 Laya has a superb bouquet of pure dark cherries, blackberry and incense that would normally grace a wine far more expensive. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of succulent black fruit that is neatly entwined with the subtle French oak. It is supremely well-crafted for the unbeatable price. Excellent. 90 points.”
At $7.66 a bottle by the case it is quite the spectacular bargain!

Burgundian Bargain!!

2009 DOMAINE DES 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Rouge
$15.95 bottle/ $154.00 case

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2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux: Riding the tide!

2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux
$9.95 bottle/ $95.00 case

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Notre Dame de Laval: French bargain hunting!

2011 NOTRE DAME DE LAVAL Cotes du Roussillon
$8.95 bottle/ $85.00 case

This certainly comes under the “old friends” banner if I think of all there wondrous bargains I’ve had from southwest France over the years. It is always somewhat staggering how much wine you get for so little money with these reds. Made from old vine carignan (45%), grenache (30%), and syrah (25%) vineyards that dot…

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