#88 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Intense cherry color. The nose is elegant and complex with a fine cocoa and fruit expression. Very tasty, powerful, full, and meaty with a smoky aftertaste. Dry but ripe tannins.
"Exuberant flavors of currant, blackberry, cola and licorice mingle in this racy red, which has light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity, with plenty of fruit to balance the evident oak. A lively modern style."
"Even in marginal vintages like 2008, Atauta manages to shine above the rest. This delivers a gorgeous mix of blackberry blended with complex notes of fine herbs, vanilla and chocolate. It’s alert in the mouth, with strong but manageable tannins and full flavors of berry, cherry and vanilla."
"The entry-level offering is the 2008 Dominio de Atauta, aged in 40% new French oak for 18 months before bottling without filtration (as are each of these wines). It delivers an inviting nose of earthy minerality, wood smoke, and blackberry leading to an elegant expression of Tinto Fino with impressive depth and concentration. It can be approached now but will evolve for several years.
The Wine Advocate