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Elegant and intense Ribera, full of the dark fruits and spice that is typical of this top red wine region in Spain.Momo is made from the grapes that don’t quite make the cut for the main Bohórquez wine (which sells for nearly double the price), giving you a taste of luxury at a much friendlier cost.
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Although a relatively young outfit, Bohórquez is part-owned by top-quality sherry producer Sánchez-Romate and has benefited greatly from their influence and knowledge.They are based in the Ribera del Duero, itself a relatively young region. Although it is the second most famous area for fine Spanish red wine production next to Rioja, it can’t boast the latter’s rich history: it rose rapidly to fame when the Spaniards themselves became enamoured with the wines and news spread quickly to other countries.Bohórquez has a remarkably tiny production – they don’t even have a cellar door for people to visit and purchase their wines on site – but their proximity to the prestigious Pesquera winery mean they can take advantage of some of the region’s finest vineyard sites. Despite their impressive neighbours, there doesn’t seem to be much ‘keeping up with the Joneses’: almost all of the money they make goes on improving the vineyards and winery, rather than improving the appearance of their premises.A key vineyard technique is to encourage natural competition: vines are planted in the poorest soil at double the density of many other vineyards in order to naturally reduce production. This gives the wines a brilliant concentration and encourages them to transmit more of the essence of the soil, but crucially it also guarantees a solid, firm skin – something Bohórquez claims is the secret to their wine.Painstaking labour in the vineyard – such as thorough pruning and cluster extraction – ensures a slow, balanced maturation to preserve the grapes’ best characteristics, but it isn’t easy: extreme differences in temperature between the fiercely hot summers and cold winters cause a lot of vintage variation, so planning when to harvest can be quite a logistical challenge.Likewise when it comes to vinification, every detail is considered: grapes are transported to the winery in very small crates to prevent aromas being lost through the grapes pressing down on each other, and they use smaller stainless steel tanks than normal when fermenting the wine to keep the temperatures regulated. While the wine ages for over a year in barrels, they are even careful not to stack them too high, also to prevent temperature variation.Unlike many of their neighbours who try to emulate the new world’s high-alcohol, ‘fruit bomb’ style of wine, Bohórquez wines are almost claret-like in style (although made with tempranillo).Their passionate attention to detail twinned with the difficult growing conditions means that some years they don’t make their signature wine if they don’t feel it will meet their exacting standards: in these years, they make their second wine – Momo – which offers incredible value for money.
This relatively young Denominación de Origen, established only in 1982, lies within the Castilla y Léon region of north-west Spain and has fast become one of the superstars among that nation’s increasingly stellar array of wine producing areas. Long in the shadow of the more famous Rioja region to the north-east, Ribera now makes some of Spain’s most iconic, and fine, wines.The Duero river modifies the extremes of the climate in this high (between 750 and 900 metres above sea level), continental region which is prone to dramatic hailstorms, frosts and heat. Its success is due to the quality of the tinto del pais grape, a local clone of the tempranillo variety, which produces dark, fresh, elegant, intense wines of good structure. The swing between hot daytime temperatures and cooler nights help maintain the wonderful balance and natural freshness. There are increased plantings of Bordeaux varieties alongside it, though cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec have been present in the blends of the renowned wines of the Vega Sicilia estate for more than 130 years. The geography of the valley is fairly flat and rocky, with alluvial sandy soils interspersed with limestone, chalk and clay/marl.The success of Vega Sicilia and the wines of Alejandro Fernández in the 1980s led to an explosion of estate bottled wines where previously most growers had sent their grapes to the local cooperatives. The quality of the wines from these estates earned great acclaim in Spain and latterly around the world, and Ribera has earned itself a place at the top table of Spanish wine regions.
"A bit disappointed with this one. Not bad just a bit boring."
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"6 months in the cellar after delivery made quite a bit of difference, this second bottle is very tasty..not too complicated RDD that is very good value at the price offered, will probably include some of this on my next order. I would drink this on the coolish side.."
Mr John N M Richardson (06-Apr-2020)
"Really enjoyed this wine - nicely concentrated red fruit on the nose, and the same in the mouth. It has decent length, pairing very well with mild veggie and chicken curries. I've just added the 2016 to my basket. "
Mr Peter Minns (28-Feb-2020)
"This is decent but not exciting. It is smooth (almost too neutral) with some soft tannin, a bit of leathery fruit on the nose. Given the provenance I would save up and buy the main wine from Bohorquez which is utterly fabulous! "
Mr Stephen Wilkinson (04-Feb-2020)
Mr Albert Wong (15-Jan-2020)
"Not bad at all and very reasonably priced."
Mr Phillip Henry (08-Jan-2020)
"Full bodied, rich and yet balanced fruit. Great wine for the price."
Ms Louisa Mason (03-Jan-2020)
"Well balanced and a very full wine for the price. I would struggle to find a better wine at the price point, but there are some faint spoilers to the taste. Recommended nevertheless. "
Mr Nick Parkin (16-Dec-2019)
"I was very gladly surprised by this. Charming nose with concentrated red fruit, developing nicely toward more mineral tones. It has great concentration, balanced by freshness and length. A far cry from the overly oaky and extracted style of many other Ribera del Duero wines. Sometimes less is more! "
Mr Juan Trujillo Andrades (11-Nov-2019)
"Good nose; deep near-black colour; powerful; delicious Ribera flavour; reasonable keeper after opening. Not quite up to the Bohorquez 2009, but much cheaper and goog value for money. I would buy it again."
Dr Christopher Currie (02-Nov-2019)
"Gorgeous and deep! Love it."
Mr James Jack (03-Aug-2019)
"Not for the faint hearted. Big and robust. Should definitely be accompanied with food. I can see why there are 4 and 5 star reviews but I prefer something a little more subtle. "
Mr Tom Rodger (28-Jun-2019)
"Excellent wine for the price. Very well balanced and smooth but characterful. I really liked the fact that the oak and tannins were completely integrated and so added without dominating. I savoured this wine and thought it reminiscent of a rioja, but having greater finesse."
Mr Christopher Winter (24-Jun-2019)
"Deep rich and excellent balance. Amazing value."
Ms Louisa Mason (23-May-2019)
"Very nice - just about worth the bottle price."
Mr Roger Whichelow (12-Mar-2019)
"When, recently I was looking for something to cellar for a bit, realising that I was getting low, I had to order another case of this excellent Momo. Usually I keep it for a bit longer than the WS recommendation and it always benefits from the extra time. We have had several vintages over the years and for quality/price it always surpasses expectations. It's got the depth and power of a much pricier Ribera del Duero; great value!"
Mrs Patricia Hodgkins (28-Feb-2019)
"Turn the oak up to 11. Not for the faint-hearted. Big and ripe, and not a bad wine but for my palate the oak gets into the way."
Mr Paul Jaines (13-Jan-2019)
"My family is Spanish and introduced us to Ribera about 4-5 years ago. I've not had a bad one and this is no exception. Smooth to drink, with a great aroma we would highly recommend it! "
Mr Michael Barcia (11-Dec-2018)
"I was really impressed with this wine. Full bodied, heading towards a dark purple colour, quite bright with medium to high alcohol, dry, nice medium length tannins with an abundance of strawberry on the nose mixed with the ‘sense’ of a neighbours gourmet BBQ about 10 doors down. You’re aware of that hint of lightly toasted oak but you’re not quite sure where it's coming from or how far away! Pair with some other nice surprises like ‘The Shape Of Water’ and a hearty cheese and meat platter! Enjoy! "
Mr Simon James (16-Oct-2018)
"Smooth and soft, but still with a distinct sweetness from ripe fruit. You know those chewy strawberry sweets that look like strawberries? More than a hint of that!"
Mr David Halliwell (03-Oct-2018)
"Have had this now over a few vintages. It is a great everyday, easy drinking, good value wine. No nasty aftertaste and the Wine Society description of weighty palate with a smooth texture is absolutely spot on. "
Mr Jamie Anderson (23-Aug-2018)
Saga Magazine (18th Nov 2019)
"A great rule is to
buy the lesser wines of great producers. This is a step down from Bohórquez
Ribera, that is itself next door to the region’s greats. So you still get
stunning fruit and refined flavours in a wine you can happily serve to the most
demanding palates on Christmas Day, but also pour a little more liberally. - Joe Fattorini"
Decanter (30th Sep 2019)
"Warm ripe cherry
compote and black fruit nose. This 100% tempranillo has a generous ripe palate,
with cherry, aromatic herb, liquorice and mocha flavours, a succulent texture
and a redeeming fresh lift on the finish. - Joanna Simon"
Manchester Evening News (5th Apr 2019)
"Received wisdom in
wine circles has often been that bog-standard, otherwise known as affordable,
Ribera Del Duero is to be avoided as it's only the expensive stuff that trult
represents the region.
It's true that wines made by Vega Sicilia, Pingus, Pesquera are some of Spain's
finest but there are lesser known producers who are able to exploit certain
pockets of the barren Ribera plateau to great effect.
Bohórquez is one of them and this wine, made from grapes that don't quite
make the grade for its main flagship wine is brilliant value.
Its nose exhibitios the lifted fruits scents of a fine wine with intense
blackberry and spiced plums. The mineral-style clove-like dryness evedent in
the aromas continues into the palate which is sumptuous with a slight liquorice
grip which pulls the wine tautly into shape. - Andy Cronshaw"
JancisRobinson.com (9th Nov 2018)
well-balanced and energetic red. Not the vibrancy of the best Riberas but quite
good value. 16/20"
"If you like a smooth Rid Del Duero and prefer a fuller bodied wine you'll love this. Gorgeous ripe fruit getting better with age I'd say"
Mr Greig P Godfrey (02-Apr-2020)
"Distinct cherry, drinkable straight from the bottle. Tried with red pesto pasta and chorizo didn't think it was a good combination, in fact in my view was better without food. Can recommend this without hesitation."
Mr Gordon Allan (29-Mar-2018)
Mr Nick Afford (18-Feb-2018)
"Had this Roast Lamb. Perfect."
Mr Dominic Murphy (12-Feb-2018)
"A lovely, very good value wine. Powerful, deep, rich fruit with some oak influence. Immediately appealing, very satisfying, no need to decant. Knocked the socks off a very respectable CdR Villages that cost 50% more. Just one question: What were they thinking of with that picture on the label."
Mr Robert Trevelyan (14-Dec-2017)
"Very good. Classic tempranillo. Cherry on the nose and bright cherry on the palate, creamy light oak gives way to a gentle cranberry crunch from the nicely integrated tannins which softens into a warming juicy fruit finish. Good length, nicely balanced acidity and harmonious. One of my favourites from the last year, a strong 4 and great value. Preferred over its big brother, the Bohórquez 2007, which was rather hard and difficult to love by comparison. Hopefully the Society will be offering the 2015 when current stocks run out."
Mr Nicholas Murphy (08-Dec-2017)
"This Ribero de Duero has become my "go to" red. Consistently good across as vintages - we served it to guests at my sons wedding and it was extremely well received."
Mr Stephen Harries (05-Dec-2017)
"One word. Yes.
Ok so a few more.......I've long been a lover of Tempranillo in Rioja but over the years have had the odd bottle of Ribera del Douro that I find a little richer.
I only chose this bottle because I think I saw it pop up on the WS 'if you like this....' suggestions.
Had it with some roast lamb where I would normally go for a decent Crianza or Reserva Rioja but this hit the spot.
Definitely adding to my wish list."
Mr Martin Wingate (19-Mar-2017)
"Like the 2011, another super Ribera from Momo. If you like this grape and some oak, it's great value."
Mr Colin Mitchell (23-Oct-2016)
"As most Riojas disappoint, I have been very impressed by wines from Ribera del Duero and Momo certainly reminds me of an "old fashioned" Rioja. Pencil shavings and vanilla are prominent and a rich wine with bags of flavour - maybe slightly sweet for some but very drinkable."
Mr Graham Francis (08-Jun-2016)
"At first it seemed a little astringent and minerally but once it had been open a couple of hours was rich, fruity and smooth and now about to buy for the third consecutive time. Recommended if you like powerful but controlled reds."
Mr Royston Beale (26-May-2016)
"Needs plenty of time to breathe. Very oaky just after opening with very little of the fruit flavours coming through. However, with time, it did soften considerably although I think this needs a bit more development "in bottle" before being at its best."
Mr Robert Price (11-May-2016)
"Superb value. If you are tiring of the modern Riojas give this wine a go, full of flavour and character."
Dr Robert P Bradshaw-Smith (14-Dec-2015)
joannasimon.com (27th Jul 2016)
junior wine from Bohorquez estate. Full flavoured – berries, pomegranate,
dark chocolate, liquorice – with soft oak. - Joanna Simon
matchingfoodandwine.com (15th Jul 2016)
you’re a Rioja - or even a malbec - fan you’ll love this big, rich generous
plummy red. Made for steak.
- Fiona Beckett
"Huge mouthful of crude but enjoyable "stuff". More prop forward than fly half but will buy again. Needs food."
Mr Colin Mitchell (19-Dec-2015)
"I'll second Mr. Morocco. Sensationally good at the price really. Fruity, smooth, mellow and yes, very balanced. Jolly good value."
Mr Charles Lesser (11-Oct-2015)
"Vivacious with lots of fruit up front but so smooth to quite comfortably drink on its own or with food. Doesn't need to breathe at all."
Mr Royston Beale (28-Sep-2015)
"Smooth, balanced; very good. Will order more"
Mrs Carla Noden (16-Aug-2015)
"Would I think this wine was Spanish if tasted blind..? Not sure. Very good (!), no rush to drink, another few months in it`s modest bottle won`t do any harm."
Mr George Baird (09-Aug-2015)
"I could write a long waffling review but to save your time and mine will just say juicy, fruity but well balanced and incredibly smooth. Buy it."
Mr Jack Morrocco (19-Jul-2015)
"Tried various Ribera del Duero's over the years and never been that impressed; guessed you needed to pay a lot more than I am prepared to! However, tried one from a well known high street merchant 2 months ago and enjoyed it so much that I then looked again on The Society's website and found "Momo". This is really lovely stuff and it goes SO well with a traditional British stew."
Mr Tony Hibbs (04-Apr-2015)
"I was a big fan of Pesquera wines, sadly now so expensive and a neighbour of this estate. Tried this over Christmas with Roast Pork; Smooth, Fruity, and Delicious. I shall be ordering more."
Mr Bill Raftery (30-Dec-2014)
"An impressive bargain! Silky and approachable with a refined yet earthy gout de terroir reminiscent of these spanish wines. Pairs easily. Shame to see the 2010 already sold out, but no surprise. Looking forward to tasting the 2011 vintage."
Dr Pamela Newman (01-Dec-2014)
Decanter (1st Oct 2014)
"Complex aromas of
smoky cedar and red fruits. Discreet, modest palate with chewy tannins; a
lifted, refreshing style. - Panel tasting"
The Times (20th Sep 2014)
"Hard to get great
value from this revered region but this tasty, prune, plum, and dried
blueberry-stacked, inky red, from Bohórquez next door to top dog Pesquera, is
bang on the money. - Jane MacQuitty"
Daily Mail (3rd Jul 2014)
"Momo is a 'second
wine' from a producer in Spain's Ribera del Duero region. It's obviously not as
expensive as the estate's first wine, but this is great value. Made from the
tempranillo grape, it's loaded with juicy bramble fruits and a sprinkle of
spice. And there's real freshness too. - Helen McGinn"
thewinegang.com (5th May 2014)
nutty aromas with delicious, rich but fresh berry fruit, nutty oak, fine
tannins and mineral freshness. It's made from Tempranillo (known locally as
Tinta del País) and comes from a small estate with a big-name neighbour:
Pesquera. - The Wine Gang"
"Limited length but very easy to drink, no sharpness or vinegar undertones. Buy for midweek easy drinking."
Mr Jamie Anderson (30-Jul-2014)
"Wonderfully rich and balanced Ribera. This quality at less than £10 is difficult to find. Needs to breathe - I decant at lunchtime for evening consumption."
Mr Peter Wooldridge (29-Jan-2014)
"This wine stands out from start to finish. Full, yet gentle soft red fruit with an aftertaste that goes on for ever. Needs at least room temp' and a decant to release the depth of body. Someone has taken a lot of time and trouble with getting this wine well above the average Spanish reds we are all use to. Priced about right, but gets on my reorder list very easily. Recommended."
Mr Terence Eastham (17-Jan-2014)
"Good value Ribera that benefits from a bit of breathing before consumption. Quite a 'large' flavour with good balance."
Mr Martin Gutteridge (17-Dec-2013)
"A powerful, spicy and full-bodied red. Well oaked, adding a vanilla, toasted complexity. Went very well with spaghetti bolognese!"
Mr David C MacDonald (14-Dec-2013)
"Good wine, very authentic Ribera."
Mr Angus Brown-Grant (09-Oct-2013)
"I am happy to report that the second bottle was just I expected. I did decant for 45 minutes before serving and it was excellent. I will continue to buy this wine with confidence."
Mr Aron Hills (05-Aug-2013)
"I have enjoyed the 2008 vintage of Momo since joining the society, a great wine. I opened my first 2009 over the weekend. I'm not sure if it is the vintage or just this bottle but it really needed a decanting for it to open up. It is still a good wine and I will buy again, but I do recommend at least an hour to breath and reveal itself. I have a second bottle of the 2009 at home so will report back on that one if there is any difference. Cheers!"
Mr Aron Hills (03-Jun-2013)
The Independent on Sunday (15th Jun 2014)
"The second wine of
Bodegas Bohorquez, a small, bespoke producer in Spain's second biggest wine
region, which specialises in coaxing great wine from Tempranillo grapes planted
on tiny plots of barren soil. Medium bodied, lightly oaked, wonderfully
succulent. A gorgeous accompaniment for a midweek steak or baked pasta. - Terry Kirby"
"Not the purple blockbuster of some cheap ribera's and much better for it. Complex and reflectve wine, spicy, cloves and even celery. Nice mid weight and good finish. Bargain at this price.
Mr Russell Sainty (07-Dec-2012)
"Received this as part of a mixed case and was very pleasantly surprised with the product. Not being familiar with Ribera del Duero wines, I can only describe this as a mellow & mature Rioja. It drank very well straight from the bottle, smooth on the palate and with a creamy & enduring aftertaste. Would definitely recommend and buy again."
Miss Jacqueline J Birch (01-Oct-2012)
"Very pleasing wine, exemplary of the modern Ribera del Duero style. More refreshing somehow than comparable Rioja's. Really a steal at this price. It drank well straight out of the bottle and the last glassful kept well for 4 days after opening."
Mr Kevin Barry (23-Jul-2012)
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