Emilio Moro Malleolus de Valderramiro 2016
In its visual phase it has a deep garnet red color and a marked layer. On the nose it is expressive and intense, delighting us with the best varietal aromas of Tempranillo del Pago Valderramiro, perfectly assembled with spicy and toasted aromas of the best woods. On the palate it is voluminous, with a complex and wide mid palate with a long finish but a fine aftertaste.
Pair this wine alongside red meats, roasts, or game meat dishes.
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There is a volatile whiff in the 2016 Malleolus de Valderramiro, which is always headier and feels riper than the Sancho Martín. It has abundant, powdery tannins, good ripeness without excess and a dry, long finish. There's something intriguing on the nose here that I could not identify, sweet spices for sure but something perfumed too.
The single vineyard 2016 Malleolus De Valderramiro comes from a great vintage for the region and is all Tempranillo, brought up in French oak. It has a pretty, perfumed bouquet of ripe blue (and some black) fruits as well as candied violets, cedary spice, and tobacco. More medium-bodied, it has good freshness, moderate mid-palate depth, some firmer tannins, and outstanding length. It's a solid step back from the 2015 yet is still a pretty, perfumed, elegant wine. If the mid-palate fills in with bottle age, it will warrant a higher rating. Give bottles another year or two in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade.
Bodegas Emilio Moro is one of the oldest leading quality producers in Ribera del Duero. The history of the family goes back 3 generations. 1st generation Emilio Moro was born in 1891 and 2nd generation Emilio Moro in 1932. Both were born in a viticulture environment surrounded by vineyards and grew up treading grapes and racking wine in their native village of Pesquera de Duero, in the province of Valladolid.
Emilio Moro taught his son, Emilio how to make wine but also to love it and he taught his children, Rubi, Jose, Fabiola, and Javier. The winery is currently run by the third generation while the fourth is beginning to join the Family.
The vineyards were grafted with the purest clone of Tinto Fino, commonly known as Tempranillo, recovered from the oldest vineyards that the family owns, Valderramiro and Resalso. Currently the family owns more than 200 hectares. They are located between 2,400 to 3,000 feet of elevation.
“Wine is art. If you listen, it speaks to you, it tells you when it needs to rack, when to rest. It’s like a living being that needs to be understood and cared for”. D. Emilio Moro
Ribera del Duero is located in northen Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive from Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.
Notable Facts Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, the spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors in a bold Ribera del Duero will pair well with roasted and grilled meats, Mexican food and tomato-based sauces.
Notoriously food-friendly, long-lasting and Spain’s most widely planted grape, Tempranillo is the star variety of red wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The Rioja terms Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva indicate both barrel and bottle time before release. Traditionally blended in Rioja with Garnacha, plus a bit of Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, the Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero typically stands alone. Somm Secret—Tempranillo claims many different names depending on location. In Penedès, it is called Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Known as Tinta Roriz in Portugal, Tempranillo plays an important role in Port wine.