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2009 Alto Moncayo - Grenache


2009 Alto Moncayo

Campo de Borja Garnacha

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I tend to drink Alto Moncayo during its first 5-6 years of life. Although I was sure they had aging potential, I did not realize just how much longevity these wines possess. They are generally full-bodied, powerful (with at least 15.5% natural alcohol), concentrated, rich wines made from very old vines and tiny yields. If you are not into flavor concentration or care about artisanal wines from great terroirs that have been ignored for centuries, this may not be the wine for you. Not one of these ten vintages was close to full maturity. I gave perfect scores to the prodigious 2007 and 2009, two of the greatest expressions of old vine Grenache from the province of Aragon that anyone could have desire. The both possess plenty of black raspberry, blackberry, kirsch and licorice characteristics as well as an undeniable minerality and precision that are remarkable given their full-bodied, massive concentration and intensity.  Robert Parker 100

The espresso, toasty vanilla and licorice flavors are dark and sweet in this rich red, which features linzer torte, fig pudding and dried cherry flavors, with a plush, generous texture and soft, thick tannins. An extreme style, but sensuous and appealing. Drink now through 2015. 1,000 cases imported. –TM
Wine Spectator 93

A dense, deep cherry-red coloured wine, there is definite complexity on the nose, with black fruit aromas and balsamic and toasty notes complemented by a certain rusticity imbuing character. Structured and flavoursome on the palate, it reveals fine, very slightly bitter tannins bolstered by the decisive contribution of top-quality oak. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.


Item: Wine-010376
Year: 2009
Producer: Alto Moncayo
Designation: Campo de Borja
Varietal: Grenache
Region: Campo de Borja, Spain
Wine Advocate: 100
Wine Spectator: 93



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