Ribera del Duero, ‘Malleolus de Sanchomartin’, Bodegas Emilio Moro
The top of the Emilio Moro range, Malleolus de Sanchomartin is made exclusively with grapes from the Pago de Sanchomartin vineyard, which was planted in 1964 with cuttings from the Valderramiro vineyard. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine is moved to new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 22 months of aging. Only 3,000 bottles are produced per vintage.
Castilla Y Leon
Ribera del Duero
Press & Reviews
The other single-vineyard Tempranillo is the 2011 Malleolus de Sancho Martín, always the more backward of the two. It is sourced from a small (0.84-hectare) single plot of vines planted in 1964 on chalk soils that provide more austere wines. It went through malo in French barriques, better suited for wines from chalky soils. Like the rest of the top of the range, it matured in French oak barrels for some 18 months before bottling. Although it feels a little reticent, it slowly develops notes of minerals, red and black fruit, spices and nicely integrated oak. The palate also shows good integration, balance and elegance, with chalky tannins that are very fine and a finish where the oak-related flavors are intermixed with subtle minerality, giving it a little salty sensation.
This powerful red has a plush, mouthfilling texture, kept focused by firm, well-integrated tannins. The flavors are complex and harmonious, with plum, cocoa, loamy earth, mineral and baking spice elements. Bold but balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2026.