Emilio Moro Malleolus de Valderramiro 2011
|Region||Ribera del Duero|
Wine EnthusiastDark, toasty aromas suggest creosote and chimney smoke; throw in black olive, blackberry, dark plum and mocha scents and this is one hefty package. Fully tannic, with toasty chocolaty flavors of black fruits and oak-based spice, this finishes full and fierce, but not mean. Drink from 2019-2035.
Wine AdvocateThe very balsamic 2011 Malleolus de Valderramiro is always the more opulent of the single-vineyards. This is sourced from a 4-hectare plot in Pesquera de Duero planted in 1924. After fermenting in stainless vats with yeasts selected from their own vineyards, malolactic fermentation was carried out in new American oak barrels, while aging is in French barriques and lasts for 18 months. There are notes of creamy oak, with some lactic hints, damp earth and Mediterranean herbs (it was a ripe vintage) with a core of black fruit. The palate is full-bodied, round, and lush with some chewy tannins that would benefit from some time in bottle and/or powerful food, as this is year in and year out, the oakiest of all Emilo Moro wines. 7,000 bottles produced. Drink Date: 2016-2021.
Wine SpectatorPlush and dense, this rich red delivers plum, cassis, licorice and cola flavors, with balsamic acidity and enough tannins to stay focused. Bold, in the modern style. Drink now through 2024. 540 cases made.