Dominio de Atauta 'Parada de Atauta', Ribera del Duero DO
A warm, spicy, open nose with intense black fruit, juicy black cherries, mocha and baked earth characters. The palate is fine with good structure, concentrated blackcurrant fruit, cedar and minerality with perfumed violets to the finish.
Established in1999 by Miguel Sanchez, a Madrid wine merchant who realised the potential of the ancient vineyards, many pre-phylloxera, in this neglected part of the Ribera del Duero near Soria. With vineyards at 1,000 metres above sea level, a difference of up to 25 degrees C between day and night temperatures in summer, and naturally low yields, conditions are perfect here for fantastic quality grapes. Miguel brought in Bertrand Sourdais, a young winemaker from Chinon and passionate advocate of biodynamic viticulture and the principle of terroir, who oversees both vines and winemaking - this is a place where wine is truly made in the vineyard. Within a few years, Atauta has produced some of the most individual, complex and expressive wines in Ribera. Grapes come from a total of 60 hectares, 60 to 120 years old and 90% ungrafted, owned by Miguel and no less than 40 other growers, all managed by Bertrand along biodynamic principles. The 'minimal intervention' approach follows through to the no-nonsense, gravity-fed cellar, with natural yeasts, open-top fermentation and no filtration or cold stabilisation.
This release from Dominio de Atauta is from their younger vineyards - but still at around 60 years old! The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak and matches well with grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
|Producer||Dominio de Atauta|
|Region||Ribera Del Duero|
|Style||15. Rich and full dark fruit reds|
|Food Match||Steak and other Manfood|
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