Red Wine Dominio de Atauta La Mala 2009
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Dominio de Atauta La Mala is a rare, precious red wine from Ribera del Duero with a production that rarely surpasses 2,000 bottles per year.
A varietal Tinta Fina wine, the singularity of this product comes from the fact that it is made from grapes coming from over 130-year-old, pre-phylloxeric vines located in the rugged, harsh northern Spanish region of Soria.
The La Mala plot comprises a mere 1.5 hectares of vines planted on sandy-limestone soils. Because of their antiquity, those venerable plants are almost fused with their environment. Thus, this wine conveys a unique sense of terroir.
Crafted by the Atauta winery, the grapes were harvested by hand, selected in the vineyard and brought to the cellar in little, 12-kilogram boxes.
After that, the grapes were destemmed and, without being crushed, they were pre-fermented in stainless steel tanks for over a period of 7 days.
Then the grapes were crushed and fermented at a controlled temperature.
Finally, Dominio de Atauta La Mala 2009 was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Very bright, clean, high cherry-coloured robe with a violet rim.
Remarkably complex, displaying notes of aromatic plants, such as thyme, rosemary and lavender, along with aromas of black berries, Eastern spices, arabica coffee, some smoky notions and a dash of bitter chocolate.
Dominio de Atauta La Mala 2009 is well-structured and extremely gentle, displaying real subtlety and finesse. Enticing sensations of aromatic herbs and forest plants, along with notes of wild berries, spices and mineral. Acidity is magnificent, and tannis are bold, even a bit defiant. Long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Dominio de Atauta La Mala 2009 is an exceptional red wine. For connoisseurs and inquisitive drinkers.
|D.O.||Ribera del Duero|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Pairings||Chocolate, Duck, Meat and vegitables, Mushrooms, Rice with meat, Roasted lamb, Roasted pork, Roasted white meats, Specialty plates, Steak Tartare, Stew, Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Fresh and dry, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||Because you can, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|