2016 Dominio de Atauta (750ml)

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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After experiencing Atauta in the summer of '05, I was determined to bring it to B-21 Spanish wine lovers. I've been a big fan of the work done by Alejandro Fernandez of Pesquera, the man who put Ribera del Duero on the map, but this is Tempranillo of a very different color. Located in the far eastern reaches of the Ribera, Atauta's vineyards are roughly five miles south of the coursing Duero River. Lower temps prevail here; the Advocate calls it "the coolest place in Ribera." This is Soria, with incredibly diverse soils and ungrafted Tinto Fino vines nearly a century old. Altitude is everything, with vines planted more than 3,000 feet in elevation. One of the most impressive plots defies gravity as it perches on the slopes of a cliff, crumbling calcareous rocks all around. Multiple crus are hand-harvested throughout these biodynamically farmed vines – barrel aging only for the finest selections. As I sat and tasted through each bottling, I couldn't help but wonder what Alejandro would think if he too could sample this brilliant, saturated, silken, sultry selection.


This red delivers bright flavors of cherry, cranberry and currant, backed by woodsy, floral and vanilla notes and energized by tangerine acidity. Muscular tannins lurk beneath the polished texture, showing that this has stuffing as well as polish. Best from 2020 through 2032. 2,300 cases made, 450 cases imported.

93 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Sep 2019)


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