Many years back a good friend of the family invited us to a bottle of Emilio Moro Malleolus Sanchomartín at over €100 a bottle. Needless to say it was spectacular and ever since the brand Emilio Moro has been engraved in my mind. Although they do offer cheaper wines (and more expensive) the cheapest offering was around €20, still an expensive wine to drink regularly, at least until a few years ago when they launched Finca Resalso which you can buy for around €8. Yes it is a young wine, but it is fantastic.
The story of the Moro family began in 1932, when Emilio Moro Sr. was born. It is now a project carried out by three generations with roots in the Ribera del Duero, who have spent their lives discovering the characteristics of its terroir and to this day produce intense and unique wines.
Finca Resalso is elaborated with 5 to 15 year-old vines, it bears the name of their most emblematic vineyard, planted in 1932. Although it is the vineyard’s youngest wine, it is well structured and has a strong personality that can be perceived in its color, on the nose and on the palate.
It has an intense cherry color with purple hints due to it being a young wine. On the nose it is intense and fragrant, with primary aromas to blueberries, licorice and black fruits. On the mouth it is round, expressive, intense and very easy to drink. It is made from 100% Tinto Fino grapes. The wine is aged for four months in French and American oak barrels until bottling.
This wine won Gold Medal in 'Selections Mondiales des Vins Canada' and It was also recognized by the book “Superwines of 2015”, the most prestigious Spanish wine guide, as one of the best wines on sale for less than 10 euros. Which I am sure it is!
The vineyard itself offers around ten different packages for wine tourism if you happen to be in the area. The basic offering is a fun one-hour visit that will allow you to explore the winery. You will find out everything there is to know about the elaboration process, and finish the visit with a wine tasting of ‘Finca Resalso’ and ‘Emilio Moro’. A more complete package would be a full tour of the vineyards including a traditional Castillian lunch with paired wines (Malleolus Sanchomartín is one of them!). The experience ends with a visit to the facilities and barrel room workshop where you will learn the secrets of barrel aging and be able to taste the wines directly from the barrel.
[I find this wine readily available in the Corte Ingles Supermarket.]