Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dominio de Atauta Ribera del Duero 2006

I've been trying to upload a new and rather lengthy post about wine tasting but as Blogger seems to have gone into meltdown and refuses to accept paragraph breaks* I'm going to have to hold it for the moment and just give you a few thoughts on another wine I've tasted recently.

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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  1. One of my favorite spanish wines ever, flying under the radar, until now...

  2. I thought it was fantastic. A real find!

  3. i went to the vineyards in 2005 and took some photos of the over one hundred year old pied franc tempranillo vines growing in a sandy arroyo. the trunks were as thick as a man's thigh. i'm looking for those pics - koleman zander los pilares