|88||View from the Cellar||This is the first time I have tasted the Dry Muscat from Legado del Moncayo and I like the wine quite well, but it is already showing a bit of reductive issues on the backend of the palate, with the finish a touch pinched and a slightly off, asparagus flavor just starting to poke out on the finish. Last I checked, asparagus was more closure-specific and varietal-specific when tasting Muscat. With some coaxing, the nose offers up a very pretty blend of fresh pear, salty soil tones, a touch of beeswax, spring flowers and a hint of wild fennel. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and quite dry, with a good core of fruit, lovely soil signature and a long, crisp and well-balanced finish that cannot quite shed its reductive vegetal streak on the backend, even with extended time in decanter. This is a really, really good wine, so let’s put it under natural cork next vintage!
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
|***||The Washington Post||Score: *** Stars (Great Value)
"Muscat generally tends to be sweet. Dry versions like this one retain the grape's flowery and citrus character. Think of standing in a lemon grove near the ocean on a breezy day. This is delicious by itself but would be a great partner for seafood salad or paella.”
Washington Post, January 2018
|89||International Wine Review||Medium yellow straw. Very aromatic with effusive rose petals show on nose. Perfumed floral palate with tropical fruit notes, finishing dry and crisp.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
|87||View from the Cellar||The 2017 Dry Muscat from Legado del Moncayo is a bit riper than I would have imagined, as it comes in listed at 13.5 percent, but the wine was fermented to full dryness and is still bright and fresh and reminds me quite a bit of a similar bottling from Alsace. The bouquet offers up scents of pear, nectarine, acacia blossoms, chalky soil tones (this is grown on brown limestone) and orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and nicely focused, with a good core, sound acids and a complex, though slightly clipped finish. I have the sense that the backend pinching of the wine is from the closure, rather than the wine, and I would opt for dinking this over the next year. At $14 a bottle in the US, I understand the economics behind the choice of closure, but an agglomerated cork would not cost much more and might allow the wine to age more gracefully. Certainly, this 2017 possessed the constituent components to age several more years under cork! Still, this is quite tasty and just a touch short. 2020-2022+?
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
|87||Wine Spectator||This aromatic, bone-dry white offers orange blossom, lychee and clove flavors, with a core of green peach and lime notes. The texture is round but lively, showing juicy acidity. Drink now. 2,500 cases made, 700 cases imported.
March 31, 2020 Issue