Bodegas Emilio Moro, El Zarzal, DO Bierzo, Spain, 2020
"Wine is an art. If you know how to listen, it speaks to you, it lets you know when it needs racking and rest. It’s just like a living creature that we have to understand, tend to and care for."
So said Emilio Moro, founder of the estate. Three generations later this belief is still upheld by José and Javier Moro. Based in the world famous village of Pesquera de Duero in the heart of Ribera del Duero the brothers believe that their wine has a life of its own and with each vintage a part of them is immortalized in it. “It evokes the land where it comes from”. Eschewing traditional notions of classification like crianza and reserva, the family were eager create wines with personality and individuality. Expressions true to their vineyards and their family’s heritage. Creating reds from their cherished Tinto Fino, a prized clone of Tempranillo, and more recently crafting Godello wines from Bierzo - vibrant whites that are as exciting and lively as their labels suggest.
The vineyards are based between Ponferrada and Molinaseca areas in the best locations of the DO and benefit from the excellent variety of micro terroirs that El Bierzo offers.
Fermented in 50% New French oak foudres for 8 months at controlled temperatures with subsequent ageing on the lees.
Type: French 2500l Foudre
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 50
Very light yellow straw colour. The nose is fresh and fragrant with notes of ripe white fruit and dry flowers without losing the typical minerality of the variety. On the palate, it maintains its freshness thanks to well-balanced acidity and alcohol.
Soft cheese, as well as fish and sea food and salad.
6 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin Ribera del Duero 2022 Special Report 91 Points