Cherry red color covered with clear violets around the rim. The nose is very intense and complex. Red fruits of raspberry and strawberry, black ones of blackcurrant, mulberry and blackberry. Elegant fine oak, subtly toasted with notes of black licorice. Fleshy with sweet tannins that give volume, and with a long aftertaste.
Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2014 Hito is an affordable young Tempranillo aged in barrels for eight months. Here they search for the expression of the fruit, a Tempranillo from a cool, high altitude zone of Ribera del Duero. The nose is quite showy and perfumed, mixing notes of violets and cherries with some roasted undertones, spicy, a little herbal, developing aromas of ash and incense with time. It’s medium-bodied with a soft texture, and tender with polished tannins and moderate acidity, velvety, easy to drink. A benchmark Ribera at a very attractive price. 300,000 bottles produced.
Vinous 90 points - Bright purple. Lively and spicy on the incisive nose, displaying intense black and blue fruit and floral scents and a hint of minerality. Silky and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and berry skin flavors that deepen slowly with aeration. Closes silky and long, with gentle tannins adding shape and grip. This elegant wine drinks surprisingly well now after being open for an hour or so.
The word "HITO" means milestone, a stone post, sometimes carved used to indicate direction or distance on roads or to delimit fields. HITO was created as a young wine in order to complete the range of Bodegas Cepa 21. Made from the youngest vines of the winery, grafted with Tinto Fino clones from the flagship vineyards of Bodegas Emilio Moro.
|Bodegas Cepa 21 is the new ambitious project headed by the Moro family, the owners of Bodegas Emilio Moro, one of the most emblematic wineries in the Ribera del Duero. The aim of this project has been to build a modern, functional, minimalist new winery drawing on the savoir faire acquired over the years by several generations of the Moro family in the making of modern-style wines.
The Moro brothers, Jose and Javier, wanted to bring some of their best friends into the project and get them to experience some of the thrills and excitement of being part of the world of wine.
The winery, which nestles in the middle of fifty hectares (around 124 acres) of its own Tinto Fino vines (the purest Tempranillo clone), is modern and equipped to bring out the very best of one of the finest varietals in the world.
This new wine, Cepa 21, is aimed at consumers who have the expertise and open-mindedness to discover new tasting characteristics and who also appreciate the subtlety and elegance of a wine that is soft and sweet on the palate with bold aromatics.
Cepa 21 is the pure expression of the wine-making revolution that has been taking place in our country over the last years.