A Wine for Tonight: 2009 Bodegas Ateca Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines

By Kori ~ June 2nd, 2011.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2009 Bodegas Ateca Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines from the Calatayud DO in Spain.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Bodegas Ateca, founded in 2005, is one of the wineries in the Oro Wines group. Located in the Calatayud DO in Spain, Bodegas Ateca is technically managed by the Australian enologist Sarah Morris who is assisted by winemaker Iwo Jakimowicz. The vineyard is mainly made up of small parcels of old vine Garnacha (Grenache).

“It is ripe cherry. It has an intense nose with predominance of red ripe fruits (raspberry, currant), balsamic sensations and mineral aromas. It is a fruity wine, very fresh and easy to drink that gives the pleasant sensation of savoring a fruity candy.” –Bodegas Ateca

2009 Bodegas Ateca Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines (Calatayud, Spain): Medium-deep ruby red. Aromatic with sour cherry and strawberry on the nose. More cherry and a hint of spice come through on the palate. Medium-bodied and smooth with soft tannins. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $7.99; Available elsewhere, $6 to $13

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Grenache, Red Wine, Spanish Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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