Malleolus de Valderramiro
2004 Malleolus de Valderramiro - $132
The Moro family has been growing grapes and making wine in Ribera del Duero for over 100 years, and have been bottling wine under their own name since 1988. Proprietor Jose Moro oversees Bodegas Emilio Moro’s 260 acres of vineyards, and the winery focuses exclusively on red wines made from Tinto Fino, the clone of Tempranillo indigenous to Ribera del Duero.
In 1998 the winery decided to break with the traditional labels used in Ribera del Duero - Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva, and the extended period of bottle aging they required - and vinify their cuvees and single-vineyard wines separately. Malleolus de Valderramiro was first made in 2000 from a single vineyard that contains the bodega’s oldest vines, aged 85 years old.
The wine is rich and modern. Alcoholic fermentation is done with native yeasts, and malolactic fermentation takes place in new American Oak barrels. The wine is then aged for 18 months in new French Oak barrels. Only 100 cases produced.
98 pts. Wine Advocate
Dense, rich, powerful but also elegant, this is a suave offering that will also require another 10+ years of cellaring. It admirably reflects the greatness of the 2004 vintage in Ribera del Duero.
96 pts. Wine Spectator
This big red is like a bass drum, dark and sonorous, with deep notes of coffee, mineral, blackberry and licorice. Mouthcoating, with a powerful structure, but balanced. There's something savage about the flavors, yet this remains harmonious and alluring. Drink now through 2020.