Ribero del Duero is one of the top wine regions in Spain. At its heart is what has been dubbed “the golden mile”. Many of the region’s’ top producers have their vineyards there, including Vega Sicilia, Pesquera, and Dominio de Pingus. As one of the greatest but most overlooked wine regions in the world, I keep an eye on it.
When Emina opened their winery a short distance from Vega Sicilia, I made a point of getting a few bottles. I wasn’t disappointed.
This wine didn’t see much distribution on the East Coast, until now. The ’05 Atio just hit the PLCB luxury wine shops at about $10 cheaper than anywhere else in the world.
Perfumed aroma of burnt cedar, cinnamon, and licorice on the nose. A year and a half in new French oak shows itself in the sweet vanilla and espresso attack of the wine. Blueberry and blackberry flavors come in rich and and ripe, and the tannins are still impressive, though mellowing a bit with age. Fresh fennel and basil notes on the finish with another wallop of smoky fruit.
For a pairing, try grilled lamb chops or a dry aged ribeye. A hunk of aged gouda is pretty awesome, too.