Cepa 21 'Hito' Tempranillo 2018

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"I was surprised to see the 2018 Hito showing riper than the 2017 I tasted next to it. It was produced with the Tempranillo grapes of their youngest vineyards from a cool and rainy year. In a cold year, the grapes sometimes take longer to ripen, and the wines come through as riper than in a warmer year when ripening is faster. This seems to be the case here, with this glossy 2018 that shows more body and more tannins. A powerful red Tempranillo. 350,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019, after eight months in French barriques."

The Wine
‘Hito’ is the word for one of the stones that marked the delimitation of a particular vineyard or farm. This is 100% Tinto Fino aged for 8 months in French oak barrels.

The Estate
Cepa 21 (Cepa means “grapevine” or “stock”, 21 refers to the 21st century) is a new and ambitious project which was started in the mid-2000s. The winery and vineyards are on the “Milla de Oro”. The philosophy behind these wines is forward-thinking and they are fashioned in a bright and modern style. Cepa 21 is Emilio Moro’s sister project.

The Moro family has been farming the same vineyards in the Ribera del Duero since 1932, the birth year of Emilio Moro (the patriarch) as well as the year in which the Finca Resalso vineyard was planted. For two generations, the grapes were sold on the bulk market. In 1988, current proprietor José Moro Espinosa invested the family’s entire savings into winery equipment and Bodegas Emilio Moro was born. The bodega joined the D.O. Ribera del Duero in 1989 and quickly established itself as one of the region’s leading producers of top quality wines. The winery is located at the top of a bend in the Duero River in the town of Pesquera del Duero, just to the Northwest of Peñafiel.

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