Alto Moncayo Aquilon $139.99
Alto Moncayo Moncayo $39.99
Alto Moncayo Veraton $26.99
Bodegas Alto Moncayo, the story
This winery in Campo de Borja, an
area east of Navarra, is a partnership between U.S.-based
importer Jorge Ordoñez, Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and
Borsao, a local bodega. It debuted with the 2002 vintage, and
every year the wines have improved. They are dense, ripe reds
based on low-yield Garnacha, made with traditional methods, but
aged in new oak.
Three Garnacha wines are made
here. The top of the line Aquilon, the mid priced Moncayo, and
the entry level Veraton. The wines are rich, layered, and
intense, and have great potential for aging.
Spain cultivates more acres of
vineyards than any other country in Europe. Its bodegas make bold,
age worthy reds, fresh dry whites and distinctive sparkling wines,
along with the many styles and flavors of Sherry, the country's
unique fortified wine. With a strong foundation rooted in history
and tradition, and a string of excellent vintages to build on,
Spain is off to a great start in this new century.
Reviews for the wines of Moncayo;
“The 2005 Aquilon has a splendid
perfume of slate, violets, and cherry compote. There is beautiful
integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, a smooth texture, layers
of flavor, and exceptional length. There is enough structure to
support 6-8 years of cellaring and it will provide pleasure
through 2030.” 97 points, Wine Advocate.
“The 2005 Alto Moncayo is a
selection of older Garnacha vineyards. Purple colored, it is more
expressive aromatically with enticing aromas of pain grille, spice
box, floral notes, black cherry and black raspberry. Richer, more
layered, and intense, this superb effort has a 60+ second finish.
Give it 2-3 years to unfurl and drink it through 2020.” 95
points, Wine Advocate
“The 2005 Alto Moncayo Veraton
is 100% Garnacha aged in new French and American oak for 17
months. Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits an alluring nose of toasty
new oak, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry.
This leads to a wine bordering on opulence, with layers of fruit,
some structure, and a long, pure finish. Drink it over the next
8-10 years.” 93 points, Wine Advocate