Sunday, March 25, 2012
Dominio de Atauta Ribera del Duero 2006
It's the very fine Dominio de Atauta Ribera del Duero 2006 which was chosen by former sommelier, now Selfridges wine buyer, Dawn Davies to accompany a punchy dish of boiled beef with oxtail, tongue and horseradish which was cooked by Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, New York at one of three London dinners celebrating women chefs and sommeliers.
Dominio de Atauta is a relatively new estate, established in 1999 by Madrid wine merchant Miguel Sanchez. The vineyards are high and the (tempranillo) grapes grown biodynamically resulting in a wine of great elegance without the leathery, animal notes that so often characterise this DO. The estate only uses indigenous yeasts. Oddly they don't seem to have a website but there's a good acount of their winemaking approach here from an American importer Polaner Selections.
It sells for £24.50 at Q Wines and £23.49 at Rannoch Scott if you buy six bottles. Not cheap but fantastic value for money.
Rating: GREEN (see side panel)
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