2006 Bodegas Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero, Malleolus (RT93) Still showing a beastly, structured side of this Ribera del Duero grown, 100% Tempranillo bottling, macerated 30 days in stainless, then aged in new French oak barriques for 18 months. This wine was produced during the French oak heyday, but after more than 15 years since bottling, the oak has integrated well. Needs a full hour to unfurl its inner secrets. Deep blackberry-laced notes with accents of exotic plum, bay leaf, tobacco and damp sous bois emerge. In time aromatic blueberry liqueur, dark chocolate and wet rocks emerge. The palate is opulent and ripe, packed with acid-buttressed fruit that is supported by lovely, slightly drying tannins. While the use of French barrique here is well integrated, there remains a slight polish to the wine and ample structure and tannins to integrate with additional cellaring. The mouthfeel is luxurious. Drink now-2036+ Tasted October 2023