bot-emiliomoro-2014 Ribera del Duero, Spain

$26 / $148.20 / $265.20

Sensationally intense and rich with savory black fruit and smoky vanilla, this wine leaves an impression. Emilio Moro, the founder of Bodegas Emilio Moro, was born in Pesquera de Duero, a wine area of time-honored traditions, where some of the flagship wines of the rugged Ribera del Duero region are now produced. One advantage that the Emilio Moro winery has in its vineyards is that some of them have belonged to the family for three generations and have the purest clone of the indigenous Tempranillo varietal, known in Spain as “Tinto Fino.” Pair with grilled or cured meats, roasted vegetables and polenta.

“The 2014 Emilio Moro was produced with grapes from vineyards ranging between 12 and 25 years old, fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards in stainless steel vats, and aged in 50/50 French and American oak barrels (one-third new) for one year. There are some faint toasty notes denoting a very young wine, but in general it’s very fruit-driven and quite harmonious. Time in bottle has polished it and given it a sleek texture and nicely integrated oak. Very approachable and ready. ” – Wine Advocate, 90 points