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Emilio Moro El Zarzal 2022

Emilio Moro El Zarzal

Serious yet not sophisticated


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeWhite wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production20,000 bottles

The wine

Emilio Moro produces three wines in the Bierzo and El Zarzal is the one which best reflects the reasons why this Ribera family became enamoured with the Godello variety: its freshness, its aromatic potential and its ageing capability. It’s a white which is mature yet at the same time fresh, very varietal, with primary (grape pulp) and floral aromas, and a slightly saline and spicy, mineral finish. A white that finds its place between the simplicity of Polvorete and the seriousness of La Revelía. Simple but complete; serious but accessible.

The label is the work of the artist Domingo Zapata, who has reflected the wine’s aromatic personality and fresh character, with shades of green in the background.

What does this wine taste like?

The wine has a soft straw-yellow colour and a very fresh nose, combining fragrant notes of ripe white and yellow fruit and dried flowers with the intense mineral character commonly found in great Godello wines from Bierzo. Extremely elegant in the mouth, it is pleasant to drink and wonderfully balanced thanks to the perfect contrast between acidity and strength. It is a somewhat more mature wine than its 'big brother', La Revelía, but it is also an agile wine with a cautious sensation of alcoholic strength whose perfectly integrated wood only appears in the background. It is smooth and flavoursome in the mouth, salty and lively, with elegant floral and spicy aromas.

Pale yellow
Frank / Stone fruit / Citrus fruits / White flowers / Toasty notes
Fresh / Lively / Voluminous

Drinking and storing

Serve between 8ºC and 10ºC

Food pairing

Starters and suppers
Poultry and white meats

Fish in sauce / Gilthead bream cooked in salt / Oven-cooked chicken / Juicy rice dishes

Ratings and awards

202093 SK
201991 PK90 WS
201890 PK92 WS
201791 PK92 WS
201693 SK91 WS
PK: ParkerSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectator

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Suckling

The 2019 El Zarzal fermented in oak at controlled temperature and matured in French 2,500-liter oak foudres with the lees. There is nice balance here and good ripeness without excess. The oak is imperceptible, and the wine is fruit-driven, primary and nicely textured, with a floral and spicy touch. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 91 PARKER

This has impressive concentration and richness. Plenty of ripe-peach and white-pear flesh and some savory, nutty character building through the palate, too. Complex and convincing. Drink now.

— James Suckling (02/08/2018)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 93 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

3 reviews


The must ferments in French oak foudres at a controlled temperature before ageing on its lees in the same casks.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period8 months
Type of woodFoudre


It is made with grapes from vines over 15 years old.

Vine ageBetween 15 and 20 years
SoilSandy loam
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence

The winery

Emilio Moro

Emilio Moro

Bodegas Emilio Moro has the perfect platform for producing great wines: family tradition (José and Javier Moro are the third generation of vine growers), a strategic site (in the heart of the Ribera del Duero), pure clones of the indigenous grape, excellent quality soils (clay, chalk and gravel) and an ideal orientation. The winery currently owns some 200 hectares of vineyards, planted and grafted with an excellent Tempranillo clone recouped from their oldest vineyards. Some...