Ribera del Duero, ‘Malabrigo’, Bodegas Cepa 21
Malabrigo roughly translates to ‘bad coat,’ a reference to the fact that this top wine from Cepa 21 comes from high-elevation north-facing Tinto Fino vineyards in one of the coolest microclimates in the Ribera del Duero. These conditions produce a slow and even maturation. This ultra-small production bottling (5,000 bottles produced) is fermented and aged for 21 months in new French barrels.
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Tasting NotesAn intense and profound cherry red, with the violet rim of youth. Intense aromas of black fruit jam, with the marked presence of spic y notes and Indian ink. The toasty nuances integrate with the primary aromas offering a noble ensemble with great personality. On the palette it is silky and rounded , persistent with a long finish which allows us to enjoy the hints of spicy fruits.
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Press & Reviews
Cepa 21 is the joint venture of the Moro family with some other partners. Here they want to produce fresh wines from north-facing, high-altitude vineyards where the vegetative cycle is longer. While in Emilio Moro the hierarchy is defined by vine age, here the definitive parameter is altitude. They have 25 hectares that were planted from their massale selection from the Emilio Moro Valderramiro vineyard in Castrillo de Duero. They are now in search of more concentration in the wines while keeping the elegance, and they have changed the labels to a cleaner style featuring the words Tempranillo and España, two concepts that they want to exploit in their wines.