2004 Dominio de Atauta Ribera del Duero (Previously $50)

SKU #1352894 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The entry level 2004 Atauta comes from 60- to 150-year-old, biodynamically farmed, mostly ungrafted Tempranillo bush vines. The wine is aged in 100% French oak of which 20% is new. Dark ruby/purple in color, it has an expressive nose of spice box, coffee, black cherry and blackberry. Made in a racy style, with good acidity, this wine admirably combines ripe, sweet fruit with elegance. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. Kudos to Dominio Atauta! (JM)  (2/2007)

90 points Vinous

 Saturated violet. Dense, smoky and spicy, with strong aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and violet. Quite ripe, the dark fruit flavors deep and weighty, with good structure and solid but well-knit tannins. Takes on a more elegant quality with air, the flavors making a turn toward red fruit and a mineral note emerging. Finishes sweet, deep and long. Give this some time. (JR)  (9/2006)

Wine & Spirits

 Generous in tannin, with seductive red and black fruit, this is a young wine of moderate weight. A touch of minerality and black pepper melds with black cherry and ripe strawberry flavors. Cellar this for a couple of years, as the wine will gain in charm.  (10/2007)

Wine Spectator

 A plush, modern red, with sweet blackberry and cassis flavors accented with chocolate and coffee. The tannins are ripe but well-integrated, and the acidity is lively. (TM)  (12/2006)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

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