|92||International Wine Report||Vivid dark and blue fruits evolve in the glass, as the stony character shines here. The aromatic range makes this difficult to put down. Round and generous on the mouth, the wine reveals a silky texture and lovely minerality. Wet stone, rose water, tangerine peel and red berry flavors persist on the palate. This beautiful wine should cellar marvelously for a decade.
|91||Wine Review Online||If you don’t know much Spanish--or much about Spanish wines--Garnacha is the same variety as Grenache in French; Montaña translates to English as “mountain,” and these 40 year-old vines are all situated above 2,000 feet. This terrific wine displays a fresh fruit core of red berries with spicy, smoky accents and a hint of juiciness to balance its tannic grip.
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Michael Franz, May 1, 2018
|89||View from the Cellar||The Montaña bottling from Legado del Moncayo is made from forty year-old garnacha vines and aged in used French casks for seven months prior to bottling. The 2016 is a fine follow-up to the lovely 2015, though it seems just a touch riper, offering up a fine bouquet of baked raspberries and cherries, spiced meats, a touch of garrigue, coffee, pepper and a fine base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and robust in personality, with ripe tannins, plenty of spiciness, good soil signature and a long, complex finish. This is a superb value, though not quite as precise as the 2015 was showing at this stage a year ago. 2018-2030+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|**||The Washington Post||Score: ** Stars (Excellent)
Spain’s garnacha remains the source of some of the best bargains in red wines. This rich, intense version is made from 40-year-old vines grown on a mountainside. Enjoy this with meats from the grill or smoker.
The Washington Post, May 4, 2018
|91||International Wine Review||This 100% Garnacha is sourced from 40-60 year-old vines. Fermented with native yeast and aged 7 months in 100% used French oak, it is dark ruby in color and displays concentrated and very ripe and spicy dark red fruit flavors. It is rich and complex on the palate with thick extract and round tannins on the finish.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
|91||Wine Review Online||I love this wine, and I love it every year…and I know that I may be undercutting my “critical” credibility by writing that. But the truth is that this wine hits just the right balance points vintage after vintage. Sourced from a higher elevation vineyard site than Legado del Moncayo’s “regular” bottling, it shows more concentrated, gutsier fruit, with a more notable suggestion of a little wood influence. But then again, any wood influence is just “suggested,” and the fruit still stands at center stage--albeit with unusually good structure for a wine in this price category. The flavors recall both red and black cherries, with just a hint of spice and a subtle savory layer running beneath the fruit flavors. Whereas the “regular” Legado del Moncayo is suited to poultry or fish, this starts in terms of suitability at poultry and works its way up to pork, veal or duck…and would be entirely satisfying with a burger.
Michael Franz - "Go with Garnacha for Thanksgiving" Nov. 19, 2018
|90||Wine Spectator||This generous red shows good density. Black cherry and plum flavors are accented by smoke, dried herb and espresso notes, supported by firm tannins and lively acidity. Balanced and focused. Drink now through 2027. 5,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported.—T.M.
Tasting Highlights, Grenache vs. Garnacha: 8 Generous Reds for $30 or Less
February 6, 2020
|**||The Washington Post||Score: 2.5 Stars (EXCELLENT)
Spain’s old garnacha vines produce some terrific value wines. This one is fun and juicy, with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mint. Give it some time after pulling the cork, and it will reward your patience.
|88||View from the Cellar||The 2018 Garnacha “Vendimia Seleccionada” from Legado del Moncayo is produced from a parcel of forty year-old vines, grown at an elevation of seven hundred-plus meters above sea level. The soils here are stony over a layer of iron-infused clay, and the wine is aged seven months in older French casks prior to bottling. The 2018 version is ripe at 14.5 percent octane, but quite pure on the nose, offering up scents of raspberries, garrigue, a good base of soil, pepper, a bit of roasted meats and a topnote of lavender. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, ripe and well-balanced, with a good core of fruit, moderate, well-integrated tannins and a long, complex, peppery and gently jammy finish. This is a very good example of Garnacha and a great bargain at $15 a bottle here in the US! 2020-2030+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020