Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 1999
This wine was made from truly top-quality grapes of excellent ripeness, which is demonstrated from the beginning to the end of the tasting. The wine displays an intense colour with a bluish rim and a cherry-red core. Attractive, perfectly integrated fruit aromas come to the fore with power and concentration.
"The Moro family has been fashioning wines from Ribera del Duero for over 120 years. This impressive offering emerges from relatively young vines (12-20 years of age), and modest yields. The vinification and upbringing is classical, with 25 days of maceration, and 12 months of aging in a combination of old and new French and American oak. One-thousand cases of this vintage has been exported to the United States. Given the quality, this is an realistically priced wine that merits considerable attention. The 1999 Moro, which reveals the vintage's super-ripeness, is a sexy, full-bodied, opulently-styled effort bursting with black fruits, licorice, smoky, toasty oak, and truffle notes. Lush and dense, it is an ideal candidate for drinking over the next 10-12 years."
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Emilio Moro, the founder of Bodegas Emilio Moro, was born in Pesquera de Duero, a wine area of time-honored traditions, where some of the flagship wines of the Ribera del Duero appellation are now produced. It was in this year that the winery's first vineyard, Finca Resalso, was planted.
One advantage that the Bodegas Emilio Moro winery has in its vineyards is that some of them have belonged to the family for many years and ahve the purest clone of the indigenous Tempranillo varietal, known in Spain as "Tinto Fino." This clone has been used to graft all the vine plants of the winery's vineyards, which have gradually grown in surface over time.