2007 Emilio Moro "Malleolus de Sancho Martin" Ribera del Duero, Spain

SKU #1277815 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Malleolus de Sancho Martin is a bit more reticent aromatically than the Valderramiro but with a very similar profile. On the palate it has greater volume as well as a bit more structure. Opulent, rich, and concentrated, it will reward extended cellaring and offer prime drinking from 2016 to 2037. (JM)  (6/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator

 This powerful red delivers traditional character with a modern swagger. This is packed with black cherry, licorice, tobacco and mineral, yet accents them with cola, toast and vanilla. The tannins are rugged yet well-integrated, carrying the fruit and spice through the long finish. (TM)  (6/2010)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Another winner from Emilio Moro. The nose is a touch minty and very spicy, but the black fruit element is there and overall the bouquet sings of integration. Pure, enthralling and big, with monster black fruit flavors, complexity, rich oak and a long, smooth finish. Stylish yet powerful. (MS)  (8/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. Brooding dark fruit and floral qualities on the nose, with hints of licorice and roasted plum emerging with air. Weighty, palate-saturating blackberry and boysenberry flavors are complicated by notes of candied violet and black pepper, with a late kiss of minerality adding lift. The broad, chewy finish features suggestions of smoked meat and licorice as well as a sexy floral note. Not an easy read today, but this wine's depth and power are very impressive, and promising. (JR)  (11/2010)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

Ribera del Duero