2014 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Aquilon

Year: 2014
Appellation: Campo de Borja
Country: Spain
Vinous Media: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 16.0%
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100% Garnacha Estate Bottled.

"(fermented in open-top vats, followed by malolactic fermentation and two years of aging in 70 percent French and 30 percent American oak barrels, all of them new) Lurid magenta. Expansive blackberry, violet pastille, incense, vanilla and smoky mineral aromas are complemented by a suave spicecake nuance. Palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur, vanilla and peppery spice flavors show superb depth and focus, and a hint of smokiness builds in the glass. Alluringly sweet and seamless on the strikingly long, floral-driven finish, which is shaped by gentle, slow-building tannins. " (VM)

Winery Notes:
Joint venture of Jose Miguel San Martin, Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Borsao and Dan Phillips in conjunction with Chris Ringland. Winery is located in the town of Bulbuente. Grapes are sourced from 62 hectares (153.2 acres) of old clone Garnacha vines planted on hillside vineyards oriented to the southwest. A few of the vineyards are terraced. All the vines are vaso trained. The vineyards are located in 3 villages. Very unique soils of red clay (indicative of being rich in iron) mixed with red slate. Because of its hillside location the soils are very poor in organic matter and shallow. A few sites have calcareous soils. Continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Nighttime during the summer brings cool temperatures to moderate the growing season. There is scant rainfall.

This wine is spectacular, and represents the perfect foil for grilled steak. Rich, full bodied and muscular, Alto Moncayo has riveting intensity and palate staining extract; this Spanish red is inky/purple, full-bodied, and rich. This pedal-to-the-metal offering should age handsomely for a decade.

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