As an unabashed fan of Spanish wines, they are a great value and have been steadily improving in quality at the lower price points, I was very happy to have found the 2010 Laya while visiting family in Minneapolis.
Bottled by Bodegas Atalaya, http://www.orowines.com using grapes from the Almansa DO a small wine region in the Southeast part of Spain, the 2010 Laya is a blend of 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Monastrell (known as Mourvedre outside of Spain). After uncorking the nose is well described by the label as an “explosion of fruit” lush and ripe its fullness matched the dense purple color in the glass. The initial flavor followed the trend of the nose, soft in the mouth, full of dark fruit, some spice and earthiness, but after letting it air the flavors evened out considerably. Its lush fruit settled into a nice blend of plum and black cherry backed by a distinct note of clove and hint of cedar and earth. As expected with these grapes the mid-palate dominated and the Monastrell provided a nice backbone to the wine. A pleasant finish it hung in the mouth for a moment with a level of acidity that while not jarring did ask for food as a companion.
This wine would pair well with a red sauce and pasta, but I thought it shone well with the grilled beef roast, mushrooms and cheese we had that evening. I should add this is not a big bodied wine with its slight smokiness and nutty character the aged Mimolette fit perfectly.
We had the 2010 Laya in Minneapolis where it was on sale for $9.99, regular price around $12, I haven’t found it yet in Fort Myers, but I am sure your favorite merchant would be able to find it for you, the effort will be rewarding.