2015 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Aquilon

Year: 2015
Appellation: Campo de Borja
Country: Spain
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 16.0%
Price :
$119.95

100% Garnacha Estate Bottled.

"The top cuvée is the 2015 Alto Moncayo Aquilon, 100% Garnacha that’s mostly barrel fermented and aged in 10% larger oak American Hogshead and 90% in new French oak. It tastes like the straight Alto Moncayo, just slightly more concentrated, pure, and polished. Black raspberries, crème de cassis, toasted spices, chocolate, and crushed flower notes all give way to a full-bodied, ethereally textured, seamless, yet power-packed beauty that I’d be thrilled to drink anytime over the coming decade or more." (JD)

PAST WINE ADVOCATE SCORES:
2002 Alto Moncayo Rating:96
2004 Alto Moncayo Rating:96
2005 Alto Moncayo Rating:97
2006 Alto Moncayo Rating:96
2007 Alto Moncayo Rating:95
2008 Alto Moncayo Rating:91
2009 Alto Moncayo Rating:93+
2010 Alto Moncayo Rating:95
2011 Alto Moncayo Rating:93
2012 Alto Moncayo Rating:94
2013 Alto Moncayo Rating:95
2014 Alto Moncayo Rating:94
2015 Alto Moncayo Rating:N/R

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.