Intense ripe cherry-red colour, with dark tones at the heart. The nose is opulent and intense, dominated by black fruits and a marked minerality, accompanied by toasted aromas of fine oak. A great complexity of spicy and sweet nuances. On the palate it is a powerful ensemble, persistent with a silky tannin that envelopes the palate. The finish is long and persistent, and lingers on the palate.
Dark, toasty aromas suggest creosote and chimney smoke; throw in black olive, blackberry, dark plum and mocha scents and this is one hefty package. Fully tannic, with toasty chocolaty flavors of black fruits and oak-based spice, this finishes full and fierce, but not mean. Drink from 2019–2035. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 95 Points
(26 days of maceration in large French oak tanks, followed by malo in new American oak barrels and them18 months of aging in new French barriques): Inky purple. Deep, brooding, intensely perfumed aromas of dark berry preserves, licorice and incense, with vanilla and Indian spice notes adding complexity. Plush and broad in the mouth, offering sweet blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and a strong jolt of smoky minerals. Plays power off finesse with a deft hand and finishes smooth and very long, with supple tannins lending shape and gentle grip.- Josh Raynolds Vinous Media 93 Points
The very balsamic 2011 Malleolus de Valderramiro is always the more opulent of the single-vineyards. This is sourced from a 4-hectare plot in Pesquera de Duero planted in 1924. After fermenting in stainless vats with yeasts selected from their own vineyards, malolactic fermentation was carried out in new American oak barrels, while aging is in French barriques and lasts for 18 months. There are notes of creamy oak, with some lactic hints, damp earth and Mediterranean herbs (it was a ripe vintage) with a core of black fruit. The palate is full-bodied, round, and lush with some chewy tannins that would benefit from some time in bottle and/or powerful food, as this is year in and year out, the oakiest of all Emilo Moro wines. 7,000 bottles produced. - Robert Parker 92 Points
Plush and dense, this rich red delivers plum, cassis, licorice and cola flavors, with balsamic acidity and enough tannins to stay focused. Bold, in the modern style. Drink now through 2024. 540 cases made.–TM - Wine Spectator Magazine 90 Points