2007 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Veraton

Year: 2007
Appellation: Campo de Borja
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
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"The entry-level 2007 Veraton is 100% estate-grown Garnacha aged for 17 months in new French and American oak before bottling without filtration. Deep crimson-colored, it has a sexy nose of smoke, spice box, lavender, black cherry, and black raspberry that wafts from the glass. Full-bodied on the palate with layers of succulent red and black fruit, it is balanced, pure, and lengthy. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. The vocal low-alcohol crowd will have disdain for this wine; those who enjoy big, powerful, in-your-face wine will love it.

Old vine Garnacha made under the supervision of renowned vigneron Chris Ringland is the story at Bodegas Alto Moncayo in the little known DO of Campo de Borja." (WA)

"($25; 100% garnacha) Opaque violet. Sexy aromas of red and dark berries, sandalwood, spicecake and fresh rose. Spicy, concentrated raspberry and blackberry flavors are given spine by zesty minerals and pick up a smoky quality with air. Impressively lively for such a rich wine, with strong finishing spiciness and lingering notes of licorice and red berries." (IWC)


Robert Parker concluded his description of 2006 vintage of this wine, which he rated a prestigious 93, by calling in an “awesome value.” Well having tried the ’06, several times I am pleased to report that the ’07 is as good if not even better then the ’06. And it is an awesome value, especially when its normal price is around $30 with the Los Angeles Wine Co., having it on special for under $22. One find in this dark ruby red full bodied wine appealing aromas and flavors of dark cherries, and blackberries along with noticeable hints of roasted almonds, sage with appealing slightly earthy/truffle like overtones. The wine also has a remarkable balance and though there are touches of backbone giving tannin the wine has a velvety/silky quality. It is now quite drinkable though it will reward 2 or 3 years of aging and keep well until the late 2010’s.

This ’07 Alto Moncayo Veraton is the producer’s entry-level wine and comes entirely from old-vine Grancha (Grenache), ranging in age from 35 years to some nearly a century old. After fermentations completed the wines aged in American and French oak for about a year and a half and then bottled without filtration. The wine comes from the Campo de Borja part of Spain, which is about 50 miles from the French border and a little more then half way closer to the Mediterranean then the Atlantic. The area received its DOC (appellation) in 1980, while the winery that made this wine Alto Moncayo is relatively new and is a joint venture between the wine importer Jorge Oronez and the meat packer Dan Philips--while production is in the hands of a noted and long respected wine-maker Chris Ringland.

RATING: 92/93

PRICE: $21.95, ****bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
100% Garnacha

Estate bottled

The vines are trained in the vaso system and undergo vigorous canopy management and green harvesting during the maturation process beginning in June and finishing in August/September.

The vinification process begins in the vineyard where only the most perfectly mature bunches are hand selected beginning at the end of September and finishing between the 15th-20th of October. The fully matured bunches are harvested into small boxes to prevent bruising the fruit. Then the grapes are immediately taken to triage tables at the winery.

The selected grapes are placed into small open vat fermenters that hold only 4 tons per batch. The must is basket pressed. The wine was aged in new French and American oak barrels from October 2004 to March 2006 (17 months). It was bottled unfiltered in June 2006

Production: 500 cases of 12 bottles.

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