Emilio Moro Malleolus 2018

Emilio Moro Malleolus 2018

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The vineyards (majuelos) for this wine are planted in three different soil types (clay, stone and chalk), which adds layers of complexity and structure to this wine. We harvest by hand, selecting the best clusters that represent the style and intensity that is classic for Malleolus. Once the winemaking begins, the Tinto Fino grapes are macerated on the skins for 18 days, extracting their rich, cherry red color and further refined tannins. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling, allowed to rest before its eventual release.

The 2018 vintage has a very rich, floral nose that is a classic marker of Tinto Fino. It is layered with notes of spices and hints of French oak in the aromatic profile. The wine is broad and elegant, yet meaty in texture with a very long, persistent finish. 2018 was an incredible vintage for this wine as the fruit is concentrated and vibrant, yet the harmony of polished tannins and ripe acidity signal the potential for long cellar development.
The 2018 vintage is yet to be released, nor rated. Please find this review of the 2017 vintage.

Press Notes:

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Malleolus is also pure Tempranillo, in this case from small parcels (in Spanish "majuelo" and in Latin "malleolus") of vines aged between 25 and 75 years of age. Yields were reduced by 50% in 2017, so it's a very unusual vintage. It matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. As I found with the rest of 2017s, this is very expressive, aromatic and fresh, floral, aromatic, happy and expressive, without excess ripening and with fruit in the foreground and the oak neatly folded into the fruit. It's juicy, medium to full-bodied, perhaps not as concentrated as others, but balanced, with fine-grained tannins; it's very pleasant and representative of the grape and zone. Very good for the conditions of the year."