92 Points- Wine Advocate
91 Points- Cellar Tracker Average
91 Points- Vinous
94 Insider Points
"The 2005 Atio is 100% Tempranillo aged for 18 months in new French oak. Sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, lavender, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of this dense, mouth-filling structured, intense offering. It will reward several more years of cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2025+."- Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and dark berries on the nose and in the mouth. Lush, sweet and smoky, with very good depth and power. Clings with excellent tenacity on the finish, which features pliant black and blue fruit qualities and supple, fully integrated tannins." Vinous
Wow, I love a good bottle of Ribera del Duero, there’s so much rich fruit and velvety french oak influence, you really can’t go wrong. The 2005 Atia from Bodega Emina is just now entering its prime drinking window, loaded with ripe black cherry, cassis, plum, sweet tobacco, leather and baking spice. Enjoy now through 2025. - DZ Apr 2016
Ribera del Duero, Spain
92 points from the Wine Advocate, which notes: “Sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, lavender and assorted black fruits inform the nose of this dense, mouth-filling structured, intense offering… will delivery prime drinking from 2014 to 2025+.”
This top wine from Bodegas Emina also took home a medal from the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards. We are proud to offer this Library wine to Members, with a built-in decade of bottle age. Today, this is a muscular, massive and super stylish Spanish red showing the boldness of the 2005 vintage and the restraint of the best of Iberia’s Tempranillo grape. A mysterious nose of exotic spices like coriander and curry along with purple flower notes and a hint of anise is pure Ribera, and so is the palate of black plum, golden raisin and worn leather. The finish is incredibly long, and the tannins are integrated though still present. This rarity is heavy on the points and heavy in authentic European flavor, and would be a perfect match for lamb and beef.
Reasons why we love it:
As the premier release made by Eminia, Atio represents the best vineyards. Grapes for this wine came from vines planted 2,700 feet above sea level on slopes featuring a soil content heavy in clay, sand and limestone. Additionally, Atio is only made in those years that warrant a tete de cuvee—and the very successful 2005 harvest was certainly one of those.
The unquestionably successful 2005 vintage scored 95 points from the Wine Spectator, which notes: “Assertive wines with chewy tannins; the best have great depth,” 94 points from the Wine Enthusiast and 93 points in the Wine Advocate.
The word Atio comes from the name of a tribal leader of the Vaccaei people. Though little is known about this obscure band of Celtic natives who roamed the region that is now Ribera del Duero even before the ancient Romans did, archeological digs have proven these were an advanced group who excelled at viticulture and enjoyed consuming wine.
It has an intense colour that is dominated by inky and very dark purple tones. It has an intense and clear aroma. Some smells of clove are distinguishable, torrefacto and dried fruit from ageing in barrels, together with its aroma of mixed fruit. Its taste is broad and comes from sweet tannin, as well as a very good sensation given off by its fruit-based aromas. There is a long and persistent aftertaste.
“Emina Medina del Campo Winery in Rueda D.O. represents the renewal and revolution of the wines from this winegrowing region. The building is surrounded by a 100,000 m2 plot of vineyards and olive trees, providing then a beautiful landscape whence both the Mota castle and the Castilian countryside can be admired.
The winery has a remarkable modern architecture, equipped with the latest technology to produce wines. This design corresponds with the installations of photovoltaic power generators, in such a way that creates a sustainable project with a closed cycle of energy, so that the energy consumed in the winery is obtained in a clean and respectful way to the environment.
“Verdejo grape variety, grape of recognised international fame, is the foundation of wines under the Rueda DO. Nevertheless, Bodega Emina Medina del Campo encompasses a vineyard estate by Villalba de Adaja town where there are cultivated in addition to the Verdejo variety other varieties such as Sauvignon blanc and Viura. Varieties that confer that characteristic and distinctive touch to the wines elaborated in Bodega Emina.”
It goes well with meat, roasts, game and mature cheese.