Ribera del Duero with Bodegas Emilio Moro
From wine dinners to visits to the vineyard, our relationship with Bodegas Emilio Moro is by far one of our favorites. We selected these wines for our December shipment because they are exactly what Katie and I would choose to drink during the holiday season with our family. All three wines are exceptionally pleasing on the palate, and superb examples of the product from Ribera del Duero.
“Wine is an art; if you know how to listen, it tells you when it needs decanting and how long it needs to rest. Wine is a living being that you must listen to, care for and caress.” – D. Emilio Moro
When making wine, it is important to find a balance between alcohol, acidity, and structure. Bodegas Emilio Moro believes that, in the same way, to create a great winery they must establish balance between tradition, innovation, and social responsibility. Their commitment and passion for wine has extended through three generations of the Moro family for over 120 years, and what they produce is truly exceptional!
The Ribera del Duero region, our focus for December Wine Club, is located in the Northern Plateau where the four provinces of the Autonomous Community of Castile and León meet. Like much of the world’s great wine regions, Ribera del Duero lies on the bank of a major river, the Río Duero. A DO’s terroir strongly helps define the personality of the wines produced, and this region in particular allows for the bold flavor of the Tempranillo grape to shine. The Tinto Fino variety of Tempranillo thrives in this region and lends the wines a distinct character that we love!
All three of these wines are made from Tempranillo grapes, which is classic of the region. The most unconventional of the three is Hito Rosado. It's clean and crisp as you would expect a rose to be, however it has a warmth to it that makes it especially enjoyable for the season. Produced by Cepa 21, a project that began nearly 20 years ago with José Moro and siblings, the third generation of the family wine cellar Emilio Moro. Cepa 21 is recognized as a basis of modern winemaking in Ribera del Duero.
Finca Resalso is well structured and displays the characteristics of Tempranillo impeccably. It tastes established and regal, yet humble. On the other hand Malleolus is more intense and rich, even grand. Both would be perfect with headline dishes of the holiday season - especially with grilled lamb or other red meat. If you have the Curate cookbook, the pairing of the Ribeye Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce, Entrecot al Cabrales, and the Malleolus will blow your mind! These are as warm and honest as the Moro family, and I can't wait for you to try them.
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