This Friday starting at 6pm we’ll be hosting a wine tasting featuring wines mainly from Spain from Crianza to Gran Reserva. $10 per person, light tapas for sale.
Rounding out this trip to Ribera del Duero was the visit to the Family winery Bodegas Emilio Moro, and a good friend of mine Alberto Moro (4th Generation). This story luckily starts at the beginning of everything.
1891, Don Emilio Moro is born in the municipality Pesquera de Duero and with him, a wine tradition that spilled into the second generation.
1932, the founder of the Bodega and Don Emilio Moro’s, second generation, is born. Junior learned everything there is to know about wine making from his father, and taught his children (3rd generation) a love for wine-making.
1989, Jose Moro, the current president of Bodegas Emilio Moro, decides to distribute the wine that his father and grandfather dedicated their lives to perfect.
1998, Bodegas Emilio Moro ceases to use crianza, reserva, and gran reserva to classify their wines, so each of their wines has a unique personality. The label the bottles get from the denomination of Ribera del Duero is, “Cosecha”. The wines are terroir driven and specific in this case.
2000, First single-vineyard wine, Malleolus de Valderramiro is born, a wine with character and personality given by the clay soils of that vineyard. The word “Malleolus” comes from the Latin word “majuelo” (small vineyard), a way of referring to vineyards in the municipality of Pesquera de Duero.
2002, the next single-vineyard wine, Malleolus de Sanchomartin, brings finesse and elegance of the chalky soils of that vineyard.
The winery continues the modern yet with an old time family feel. The wine presses, and fermentation vats are stainless steel, but the oak is both American and French.
The wines feel rustic yet balanced. Terrior is a key thing to this Bodega and each wine has a distinct flavor profile.
We carry the following at Casa J:
Finca Resalso 2017 Ribera del Duero – 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) aged 4 months in French Oak.
Casa J price $17.99
Emilio Moro 2016 Ribera del Duero – 100% Tinto Fino, from vines between 12-25 years of age. Aged 12 months in French and American oak.
Casa J pice $26.99
Malleolus 2015 Ribera del Duero – 100% Tinto Fino, from vines that are between 25-75 years of age. Wine is macerated for 18 days with the skins and is aged for 18 months in Allier French oak barrels.
Casa J price $47.99
Malleolus de Valderramiro 2014 Ribera del Duero – 100% Tinto Fino, from grapes planted back in 1924 that are 2,808 feet above sea level. The fermentation is done in both stainless steel, then American oak barrels. Then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Casa J price $149.99
Malleolus de Sanchomartin 2011 Ribera del Duero – 100% Tinto Fino, from grapes planted back in 1964. The fermentation is for 28 days in small capacity vats, with malolactic fermentation and subsequent ageing for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Casa J price $149.99
I didn’t mention that there has been a terrible amount of rain this year in all of Ribera del Duero where some vineyards are expected to lose half of the crops. Rainy days, very cold night, have not allowed the vines to grow and blossom like let’s say the region of Rioja where the vines where already blooming.
Speaking about varietals, even though Bodegas Emilio Moro uses 100% Tempranillo, the varietals that can be used in Ribera del Duero to make wines legally and obtain the denomination sticker are: Tempranillo (Tinto Fino), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Garnacha tinta, & Albillo a white wine.
Tempranillo has to be predominant, the others can only be used to blend. You can’t, as a winery, make 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for example. In your own home yes as a winery heck no.
Next week we truly finish the tour de Spain. See you wine Cats when you get here!
Andy ‘Wine Wizard Ace’ Jimenez
Casa Jimenez LLC
3830 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618