International consumer motivators ranked Dominio de Atauta amongst the best Ribera del Duero wines
The three main international wine critics, Robert Parker, Tomas Matthews and Stephen Tanzer, have just unveiled their scores in Ribera del Duero and have ranked Dominio de Atauta amongst the best bodegas in the Denomination of Origin. The three plots of land that are worked by the bodega have again been ranked amongst the best: La Mala has obtained 95 points from Luis Gutiérrez, who tastes wines for Wine Advocate -the publication managed by Robert Parker-, and he highlights it as wine “with a strong personality”. There are only five wines in this publication that have received a higher score in the entire D.O. La Mala also obtained 95 points in Wine Spectator (Thomas Matthews), and Josh Reynolds, who tastes wines for Wine Cellar -the magazine managed by Stephen Tanzer-, gave it 94 points.
Llanos del Almendro, another plot belonging to the bodega was awarded 93 points by Wine Advocate, 94 by Wine Spectator and 94 by Josh Reynolds. The third plot belonging to Dominio de Atauta, Valdegatiles, was awarded 92 in the publication managed by Robert Parker, 95 by Wine Spectator and 93 by Josh Reynolds.
The wine that gives its name to the bodega, Dominio de Atauta, is also ranked amongst the best wines with 91 points awarded by Wine Advocate, 92 by Wine Spectator and 92 by Wine Cellar.
Such recognitions confirm the resurrection that this winery initiated in the 2009 vintage with the arrival of the oenologist Almudena Alberca -one of the few Spanish women that are taking the prestigious Master of Wine- and Ismael Sanz, manager of the vineyard. Since then, both Almudena and Ismael have put in a huge amount of work while always following the philosophy of a maximum respect for the vineyard and an exquisite care of the excellent grape that a region like Valle de Atauta is able to produce. This region has the climate and soil conditions, and altitudes of around 1,000 m, that make it unique when it comes to producing great wines.
The work carried out at Dominio de Atauta has been supported since 2009 by Avanteselecta, which is committed to making wines with the most distinguished local varieties in the Spanish wine-growing landscape, choosing the regions and subregions where these varieties best express themselves. As a result, it makes wines in Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Rioja, Rias Baixas, Monterrei, Zamora, Castilla La Mancha and Jerez.