Dominio de Atauta 2016 | Ribera del Duero
25 terroirs of the Atauta Valley located between the bottom of the valley to the páramo areas, between 940m to 1010m above sea level. Pre-phylloxera vineyards 120 to 160 years old. The soil compositions are varied, calcareous sands with pebbles, sandy loam or clayey, all of them on a bed of calcareous rock of different depths, from 0.7 to 2m. 100% Fine Red.
Elaboration by terroirs in wooden vats and concrete tanks, selecting the material according to the characteristics of the grapes of each terroir. 16 months in French oak barrels.
COLOR: cereza muy intenso
AROMA: complejo, expresivo, especiado, mineral, fruta negra
BOCA: elegante, lleno, largo, persistente
The eponymous red 2016 Dominio de Atauta, the first vintage of winemaker Jaime Suárez, was truly impressive, bringing to mind the first vintages of the winery that broke the stereotype of concentrated and oaked Ribera del Duero in search of more freshness and showcasing the amazing but then unknown vineyards of the village of Atauta in the cooler part of the appellation in the province of Soria. It's a step up from the Parada de Atauta, with more depth and power, perhaps a little more ripeness too, and a tender and balanced mouthfeel with very integrated acidity. A tad more freshness would have been ideal... 59,637 bottles and 1,440 magnums produced. It was bottled in July 2018.