Legado del Moncayo Garnacha

"a classic expression of this grape...really insanely good wine" —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Campo de Borja D.O.
100% Garnacha Tinta, from 25 year-old-vines
560-600 meters / gravelly, chalky loam
Farming Methods
Traditional methods
Hand harvested fruit
Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Aged for a few months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, no oak.
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2016
90 (IWR) 88 (VfC)
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90 International Wine Report Set on stony soils, old-vine Garnacha seems to thrive in this climate. The nose has wet stone and red fruit aromas that continue to build in the glass. Fruit driven, with lovely terroir characteristics, the wine reveals red cherry, red currant and dusty earth flavors that connect with a soft mouthfeel and lovely underlying tension.
June 2018
88 View from the Cellar The 2016 Garnacha Legado del Moncayo from Isaac Fernandez comes in at fourteen percent alcohol and once again is a very well-made wine and a fine value. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a mix of baked raspberries, black cherries, hung game, garrigue, wild fennel, a good base of soil and a bit of spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullbodied, robust and has plenty of ripe fruit at the core, with moderate tannins, good focus and grip and just a whisper of heat on the long finish. Good juice that could use a couple of years in the cellar to soften up a bit more on the backend. 2020-2040.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2017
90 (VfC) 88 (WRO)
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90 View from the Cellar The 2017 Garnacha Tinto from Legado del Moncayo is nicely ripe, coming in at fourteen percent octane and delivering a classic varietal nose of black raspberries, roasted venison, pepper, garrigue, a touch of celery seed and a complex base of stony soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and impressively soil-driven, with a rock solid core, ripe tannins and a long, tangy and very well-balanced finish. This is an insanely good value at $11 per bottle here in the states and reminds me of when Châteauneuf du Pape was the bargain in French wines back in the early 1980s! It is approachable today, but will also age very nicely and will be even better with a few years in the cellar to let the tannins soften up a bit more. A great value! 2019- 2035.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
88 Wine Review Online Simple, but simply delicious, this is a very pure rendering of Garnacha that doesn’t come off as grapey or obvious, which is exactly the danger for this grape in this style. Subtle savory undertones lend complexity and interest, and there’s enough acidity to keep it fresh, and enough tannin to offer framing. Basically a perfect, risk-free wine for Thanksgiving, this delivers roughly the juicy, open fruit flavors associated with good, standard Beaujolais, except that the flavors are both deeper and more lasting.
Michael Franz - "Go with Garnacha for Thanksgiving" Nov. 19, 2018
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2018
89 (I-WR)
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89 International Wine Review This 100% Garnacha is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Unoaked, it is soft, rich and fruity and easy to drink. Sourced from a high altitude vineyard of clay and limestone.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
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