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Emilio Moro Malleolus de Valderramiro 2015

$179
Valderramiro is one of two single-vineyard offerings from Emilio Moro. It is made exclusively with grapes from the Pago de Valderramiro vineyard, which was planted in 1924. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine is transferred to American oak barrels, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. It is then moved to new French oak barrels for 18 months of aging. This wine of purest Tinto Fino character with all its power, structure, and intensity. Only 6,000 bottles are produced per vintage.
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Appellation: D.O. Ribera del Duero
  • Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
  • Aging period: 18 months in oak barrels
  • Oak: New French oak barrels

Wine Spectator, 95 pts

"Powerful and refined, with solid structure supporting the cherry reduction, steeped raspberry and orange peel flavors infused with anise, loamy earth, toast and baking spice elements. Details of wild herb are carried through the balsamic-laced finish. Drink now through 2033."

Robert Parker, 92 pts

"The 2015 Malleolus de Valderramiro felt riper and headier when tasted next to the 2015 Malleolus de Sancho Martín, which is always the case, since this vineyard always achieves higher ripeness. It's their oldest vineyard (planted in 1924) on clay soils that produces powerful and tannic wines. It's the oakiest of all the wines I tasted from their portfolio, with intense spice, toast and sawdust aromas, dominated by oak aromas and flavors. There are plenty of tannins and flavors derived from the élevage. For fans of ripe, powerful and oaky Tempranillo. 7,300 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2018."

Vinous, 95 pts

"Deep violet. Potent aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, vanilla, fruitcake and woodsmoke, plus espresso and cola notes in the background. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering sappy blueberry, cherry-vanilla, mocha and spicecake flavors that are given focus and spine by a core of juicy acidity. Puts on weight with air while remaining lively, and finishes smoky and very long, with repeating vanilla and espresso notes and gentle tannic grip. Drinking window: 2026 - 2038"

Emilio Moro

 “To make good wine, it’s necessary to love wine” Emilio Moro

Currently run by the Moro’s family third generation, the winery produces great wine from vineyards that are used also to name them, such as Resalso (their entry-level wine, from a vineyard planted in 1932), Valderramiro and Sancho Martin, both naming two variants of the Malleolus family, launched more than 20 years ago.

Emilio Moro, the current owner’s grandfather was born in Pesquera de Duero, one of Ribera del Duero’s most popular towns. He’s credited for passing his love for winemaking to his son and grandchildren that ended in this legendary winery.

Tradition - For the Moro family, “tradition implies responsibility”. They claim the quality of their wines is based, in part, on the three generations of tradition.

Innovation - Emilio Moro collaborates with multiple research depts in Spain colleagues to improve and perfect winemaking processes.