Ribera del Duero, the home turf of such skilled and famous producers as Pingus, Vega Sicilia and Emilio Moro, is oddly not a top-classified appellation – a DOC. The only two DOCs in Spain are Rioja and Priorat.
However, to have Ribera remain only a DO appears somewhat conservative, as loads of premium-quality wines are made in the area. Ribera’s claim to fame is to region’s treatment of the red grape Tempranillo, or Tinto Fino under which name it is more renowned in the region.
I had the 2008 Malleolus from Emilio Moro with my wife yesterday alongside a toast with mushrooms, bacon and Parmesan cheese and the match was just perfect. This is certainly one of the best matching wines I’ve ever had to mushrooms.
100% Tempranillo. With a nose of cherries, chocolate, coffee and vanilla, it smells fantastic. Still very young but opens up generously in the glass. Medium-bodied, elegant and perfectly balanced. Complex and spicy. It will probably improve with age, but why store it? It’s already fab. Drink it today! 298 SEK at Systembolaget. 91p.