96 Points - "The 2007 Malleolus de Valderramiro is a glass-coating opaque purple. It showcases a superb, sexy bouquet of sandalwood, graphite, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and blackberry that leaps from the glass. Opulent, already complex with more to come, and super-long in the finish, it offers a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2037." -The Wine Advocate
COMPOSITION: 100% Tempranillo
94 Points - "Dark and alluring, this red is rich and polished, with layers of plum, blackberry, fig, chocolate, toast and cola notes over firm but well-integrated tannins, smooth on the palate and fresh on the finish. A modern style, with tenderness and depth. Drink now through 2018." -The Wine Spectator
93 Points - "Inky purple. A drop-dead, seductive bouquet exudes raspberry, cherry liqueur, potpourri and vanillin oak spice, with a strong mineral undercurrent. Dense and tightly wound, offering broad dark fruit flavors that show a porty element but betray no heat. Shows a decadent character while retaining vivacity, finishing with outstanding length and lingering notes of cassis and licorice. This really deserves some patience. The vines were reportedly planted in 1926." -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
[Refers to the 2005 vintage] - 97 Points - "Inky purple-hued, the wine has stunning aromatics, kinky and complex. Notes of mineral/slate, pencil lead, espresso, wild blueberry and blackberry lead to a layered, opulent wine with superb concentration and great length. Give it 6-8 years of additional cellaring and drink it through 2030." -Wine Advocate, Issue #175, February 2008.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
The Moro family has been making wine in Ribera del Duero for more 120 years. The family owns 173 acres of vineyards in several parcels within Pesquera de Duero. They are located at 1,950 ft in elevation on the banks of the Duero River. The vineyards used for Emilio Moro wines are 10-25 years old. On the other hand, the vineyards used for Malleolus are 25-75 years old. The oldest vines, over 80 years old, are in Malleolus de Valderramiro wine.