Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña"

"This wine is named Montaña as an homage to the mountain that grows these concentrated grapes." —
Isaac Fernandez, winemaker
Appellation
Campo de Borja D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Garnacha Tinta, from vines averaging 40 years-old
Altitude/Soil
700-750 meters / poor, stony, iron-rich red clay
Farming Methods
Traditional methods
Harvest
Hand harvested into small boxes
Production
Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged for 7 months in used French oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
$15
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2016
92 (IWR) 91 (WRO) 89 (VfC) ** (Excellent) (WP)
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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.
June 2018
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
** (Excellent) The Washington Post 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
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2017
91 (I-WR) 91 (WRO) ** (WP)
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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
** 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.
August 2019
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