2007 Bodegas Emilio Moro Malleolus de Sanchomartin

Year: 2007
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
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"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. Best from 2012 through 2020. 33 cases imported." (WS)

"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.

Malleolus de Sanchomartin is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1964 with cuttings grafted from the Valderramiro vineyard. Alcoholic fermentation is with indigenous yeasts with ML in barrel. The wine is then aged for 22 months in French oak." (WA)

"($205; aged in 200% new French oak for 22 months) 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. (Fine Estates from Spain, Dedham, MA)" (IWC)

Winery Notes:
"Malleolus de Sancho Martin" is made with grapes harvested from our Pago de Sancho Martin, located within the district of Pesquera de Duero. It comes from limestone-clay soil which provides coolness for the vine plants during periods of drought. This vineyard covers a surface area of 0.70 hectares (1.72 acres) and is located on a slope on the right bank of the Duero river, giving it a south-facing exposure, 780 meters (2,500 ft.) above sea level. The wines produced in this plot are tannic and have a distinctive acidity which makes them ideal for ageing in oak. This estate provides excellent conditions for the grapes to reach full maturity. The vineyard was planted in 1964, with cuttings grafted from the oldest plot of the winery, our Pago de Valderramiro.